Scott Hamilton and his wife were preparing for a trip to Las Vegas a few days before Memorial Day in 2011.
As they prepared to leave, their then 12-year-old daughter asked her parents, “What exactly is Memorial Day?”
Scott realized how it appeared that most people did not truly understand the holiday.
With his son, Adam, stationed in Afghanistan, Scott explained to his daughter the importance of honoring the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Just a few days later, on May 28, 3011, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Hamilton was killed in Afghanistan on May 28, 2011 after sustaining wounds from an improvised explosive device. The 2007 Theodore Roosevelt High School graduate and Kent native was 22 years old.
“It’s not about throwing a hot dog on the grille and having the day off work,” Scott Hamilton said. “That’s what most people think it is. It really makes you reflect on the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our well-being. Adam’s accident has changed my life forever on Memorial Day.”
Early last year, SPC Crossfit owner Toby Jurging, contacted Scott about holding an annual event to honor not only Adam-but all of the men and women who lost their lives serving their country. The event would include some of Adam and Scott’s favorite workout routines, which they commonly did together at SPC Crossfit.
The result was the "Hammy" workout, held at Kent State University’s Dix Stadium, which supports the Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic and Athletic Scholarship Fund, which last year provided two $10,000 scholarships to two Roosevelt High School graduates. The event had 260 participants.
The Second annual "Hammy" workout will be held Sunday at Dix Stadium, beginning at 8 a.m. with a 5K run or walk.
The idea for the event was simple. During his days at Roosevelt High School, Adam Hamilton was a standout athlete both on the football field and as an all-American lacrosse player.
“We sort of have an expression that Adam did so many wonderful things with his life in sports and then the military, if something got done, well, it’s just Adam,” Scott Hamilton said. “When we had this event turn out to be such a large success the first year, everyone said, well, its just Adam. It has led into more and more.”
Jurging, a teacher at Kent Roosevelt, designed the workout to be for all ages. It includes rows, squats, push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises. Following the 5K race and walk, all participants 13 years and up can go through the extensive "Hammy" workout or children under 13 can participate in the Lil’ HAM obstacle course. Registration donations are $35 for both the 5K and "Hammy" workout, while the Lil’ HAM is $5 per child.
“I believe this community has really, really wrapped their arms around us,” Scott Hamilton said. “It’s an absolute tremendous community to raise a family, and I do think they feel good supporting this cause.”
Certified trainers, equipment, snacks, water and other items will be available courtesy event sponsors including Rogue Fitness, Progenex supplements, CrossFit Cadre in Hudson, SPC in Kent, northeast Ohio Giant Eagle, the Vertical Runner in Hudson, Paleo to Me chef services in Hudson and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
Registration online can be found at the following link: http://www.adamshamilton.org/content/event_2013.aspx