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Diver Wins $1500 Grant for Dive Training
April 12, 2002
Mobile, AL

Quintin Harris, a member of Port City Diving, was awarded a $1500.00 grant from the Henry “Hank” Aaron “Chasing the Dream Foundation”. This non-profit foundation awards scholarships to minority students from ages 9 to 12 years to help them to start chasing their dreams. Applicants, drawn from the local Boys and Girls Clubs, were chosen based on talent, dedication shown through their writing, and a plan of action to acheive a set of goals within the next year.

Henry “Hank” Aaron with Quintin Harris

Coach Barbara Parker with Harris family

Although the program has been conducted in Milwakee, Wisconsin, and Atlanta, Georgia, This is the first group of students to receive the award in Mobile.. Baseball Hall of Famer and native Mobilian Hank Aaron was on hand with his wife Billie to hand out awards and Atlanta Braves bags to the recipients.

Mrs. Aaron spoke briefly about why this program is important.

“Any child can become a nobody, but any child can become somebody, with the help of anybody.”

Quintin’s plans for the grant? He says his first priority it to travel to the University of Gorgia for diving camp this summer and then participate in as many Junior Olympic meets as possible. Maybe even Zones and Nationals. After that, more training in the pool and on the trampoline.

Port City Diving would like to thank the following organizations for their support of Quintin Harris and the sport of diving. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aaron, The Henry "Hank" Aaron "Chasing the Dream" Foundation, the Mobile Optimist Club and the Michigan Ave. Boys and Girls Club in Mobile, Alabama.

Hank Aaron Chasing The Dream Foundation

The Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged youths seeking to better themselves through education. Presentations are made annually at a special ceremony featuring Hank Aaron. Locally, funds for the foundation come from the Hank Aaron Golf Tournament held each summer in the Milwaukee area. The Chasing the Dream Foundation has its roots in Milwaukee from the end of Aaron's playing career in 1976. It is administered from Atlanta, Hank's current home, with proceeds targeted toward youths in Atlanta and Milwaukee.

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