We’re deep in the woods of Tennessee, taking part in Charlavail’s first ever Camp Gritty. We’ll be here all week long taking part in fun and inspiring activities that’ll be sure to get your creative juices flowing.
U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks brought honor to his team by breaking a 12-year losing streak by medaling in the event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
But the bronze medal winner, who’s also a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, showed even greater honor to his country during a practice run.
The 23-year-old medalists was a University of Mississippi ROTC cadet and is currently attached to the 655th Transportation Company in Millington, Tennessee.
“Those guys (in his unit) are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian,” Kendricks said. “I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts — as a military man and as a U.S. athlete.”
And he did a great job as an athlete — both in competition and during practice.