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Second annual community workout to honor fallen Kent soldier Adam Hamilton

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published: May 23, 2013 4:00 AM
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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.

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"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.

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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."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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barbiefl May 27, 2013 9:46 AM

I know that Connie isn't Adam's mom, but she sure looks good on Scott's arm in all of the media doesn't she. Knowing that she is a mother herself I don't understand the lack of compassion she shows in not including Adam's MOTHER in any of the press or activities for NANCY'S fallen son. She should step aside once and awhile and acknowledge that Adam's true mother although not known to the Kent Community, is someone else and her sorrow is much deeper than Connie can ever imagine. I know, because I was in the exact situation with my daughter and I will tell you, the pain of being dismissed on top of loosing my child in war almost finished me. I did raise my daughter until she was eleven and then she wanted to live with her father because he had a bigger home with a pool and he bought her a car. I couldn't compete so I let her go. That didn't mean I gave my rights as a mother over to his new wife. Connie you are truly a beautiful woman on the outside, but your actions of hogging the spotlight shows that your beauty runs in a shallow soul. How cold you must truly be, put yourself in Adam's mothers shoes. Nancy you are not alone in the mothers or fathers who are dismissed and whose pain runs deeper than anyone will ever know. You are not invisible and Adam knows who his real mother is. God Bless you Nancy and Scott for your sacrifice and rest in peace to your soldier son.

ARayOfSunshine May 24, 2013 12:44 PM

Gee I thought this article was about a fallen soldier, not about who is or not his mother. So petty. Those of you that thought it necessary to straighten it out, really take away from the article. The correction is in today's paper, get over it. BTW don't know any of them, so it really didn't matter to me who is or is not his parents, I think the whole idea is wonderful.

dontpanic May 24, 2013 10:28 AM

Connie may not be Adam's biological mother, but she helped raise him since he was nine or so and loved him as her own. I'm pretty sure that qualifies as a parent.

I doubt she was responsible for the picture's caption, but I'm impressed with the way you two take this story about Adam and everything meant to honor his spirit - the scholarship fund, the deserving students who won, Kent pride and bringing the community together - and use it to attack Connie and Scott. Shame indeed...

portagecounty May 23, 2013 3:16 PM

I agree! Connie Hamilton is NOT his MOTHER!!! Adam also had a little brother who seems to be forgotten as well!!! Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!!

kittykat4 May 23, 2013 11:03 AM

Adam's mother, Nancy Krestan, is never included nor recognized. Shame on Scott and Connie Hamilton.

kittykat4 May 23, 2013 10:37 AM

Adam's mother, Nancy Krestan, is never included nor recognized. Shame on Scott and Connie Hamilton.