A Thank You.....

Posted by Justin Hensley on Nov 20 2020 at 06:06PM PST


I hope that all is well.

It was nice to get together again a couple of weeks ago and distribute awards. It is always a difficult time. Trying to narrow down the accomplishments, when, really, all of them deserve awards for their hard work, dedication, and character over a 4 month period. It is truly a joy to share my observations about all of you and reflect on moments during the season and the traits that I feel are important for all to know about you.

My goal for this program, in the beginning, was to become “self-sufficient”. As I related to you at the beginning of the season, we are at that point. Over the past 7 seasons we have replaced uniforms for both teams. We have provided warm-ups. We have made an effort to share in our fundraising by designing t-shirts, backpacks, and hats for the team. We fully fund all of our awards. We have purchased course supplies and timing equipment to enable us to hold home meets.

I cannot say thank you enough to The Candle Hutch for their massive generosity in aiding us to achieve these goals. Secondly, I cannot thank YOU enough for supporting our program and the cause. Without your support it would all be for not.

I’m happy to say that we also earned an extra $98 this year from our t-shirt/apparel webstore.

One of my goals for this program has always been to participate in some sort of philanthropy. Unfortunately, schedules are busy and there is always a new sport that starts once another ends. This year we’ve had a pandemic to deal with.

With the Covid-19 outbreak close to uncontrollable at this point, I’ve been trying to find a way to help out. As you know, many people over the past few months, regardless of Covid status, have lost their jobs, their savings, and some, even their homes. It’s a big job, but, I’ve always been under the belief that if someone in my community is in trouble, it’s MY responsibility to do what I can to help out. Our community is our family. Regardless of personal or political beliefs. Regardless of socio-economical status or quite frankly, whether I even “like” the person or not. Knoxville JHS Cross Country is going to be there for our neighbors.

Because of the leftover funds from 2019 added to the fundraising that we did this year, I decided to try to make an impact as large as I could. The photo attached to this announcement, I’m proud to say, is 100 Christmas gifts, purchased with our fundraising dollars. I made a donation to the Salvation Army Toy Drive for Knox County. I also donated 100 canned goods to the Food Pantry.

I know that many of you may be on a tight budget this year due to the pandemic guidelines. Those of you that are able, please find a cause, any cause and brighten someone’s day this year. We all know that there are too many who need it. I’m thankful for all that I have in my life. I’m thankful for all that I’ll have tomorrow. Just as importantly, I’m thankful for all of you and your assistance in helping this team make a brighter day for 100 families this year.

Happy Holidays, be safe, be well.

Run Bullets Run



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