I recently had the great fortune of hearing a powerful young man speak. The man was Curtis Tomasevich, a member of the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal USA Bobsled team. He's a local celebrity from Shelby, Nebraska, a little town in the middle of nowhere, population 670. But Curt sang great accolades to his little home town. He credited them for allowing his dream to become reality. Before becoming a gold medal olympian, he was a struggling athlete with monumental financial needs in order to make it to the Olympics. Without a medal, he was just another guy, competing as a member of a bobsled team. No sponsorships, no job, no rich relatives.
At a plea from Curt's parents, his townfolk went to work. They held benefits and street dances to raise money for Curt. While Curt's teammates were happy to broadcast their metropolitan home towns were raising a few thousand dollars for their needs, Curt blushed and revealed that his family and friends had raised over $25,000. Yes, you read it right, over twenty-five thousand dollars! Not bad for a little town of 670.
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