Whether it came to excelling in athletics or just capitalizing on an uncanny ability to make friends with nearly everyone he met, life seemed to come easy for Kent native Adam Hamilton.
Scott Hamilton, Adam's father, said the easy-to-come-by success of his son, a 2007 Theodore Roosevelt High School graduate and standout high school athlete in football and lacrosse, even fueled the coining of its own adage.
"We had sort of a saying in life. How did some things get done with Adam breaking all those records at school? How did he do that? And we'd say, 'Oh, it's just Adam,'" Scott said. "However it all worked out, it's always been, 'Oh, it's just Adam.'"
Reflecting on the 260-person turnout for last year's first community workout session dubbed "The Hammy" -- named after a national CrossFit Hero Workout of the Day created in Adam's honor -- Scott falls back to the same saying: "It's just Adam."
The Second Annual Hammy Workout begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at Kent State University's Dix Stadium.
"Last year was amazing. We sort of were and sort of weren't surprised by that turnout," Scott said. "But this Kent community is a pretty special one, and there's comfort in knowing the community just cares."
U.S. Army Spc. Adam S. Hamilton was killed May 28, 2011, by an improvised explosive device during a night mission in Haji Ruf, Afghanistan. He was 22.
The Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic and Athletic Scholarship Fund was created in Adam's memory shortly after the fallen soldier's death as a way to give something back to the community. "The Hammy" event is held annually in support of that scholarship fund on Memorial Day weekend, which is also the anniversary of Adam's untimely death.
"Adam gave the ultimate, and this is just a great way to give back to the community that continues to support him and his family," Scott said. "To have Adam continue to touch other people through the scholarship or just other events -- it's just a special gift."
Last year's event included competitive and non-competitive heats for "The Hammy" workout, which includes rowing, squating, pushups, box hops and pull ups among other exercises. The workout can be tailored to all skill levels.
Those events will be held again this year along with a 5K run/walk that begins at 8 a.m. sharp and a "Lil' Ham" obstacle course for children ages 5-12.
The cost for the 5K and "The Hammy" workout heats is $35 a person. Times for those heats are staggered for both competitive and non-competitive heats every half hour between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The kids' obstacle course is $5 per run through.
Spectator seating is open inside the stadium, and various refreshments will be provided.
All proceeds go to support Adam's namesake scholarship.
Participants can pre-register for events online at www.adamshamilton.org, where other information on the event is available.
With more than 200 already pre-registered for the workouts and 70 already signed up for the 5K, the second annual event is already poised to break last year's turnout.
And Scott believes it's only going to get "bigger and bigger and bigger."
Through various donations including support from last year's community workout, one $10,000 scholarship each was awarded to Kent Roosevelt High School students Anne Kenney and Kyle Manning May 21.
Scott said he expects to continue the workout and scholarships every year in Adam's memory "because he deserves it."
Scott is also quick to thank the community for its unwavering support through the years.
"They have wrapped their arms around us and supported us in every possible way," he said, "and just that feeling is comforting."
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