Aug. 11, 2004
Seattle - Training for the Olympics is an expensive endeavor, and former Husky Aretha Hill needed financial help to cover her extensive training, coaching, and travel expenses associated with her quest for Olympic gold in the discus. So she looked to her alma mater, and found help in former Husky football star Greg Lewis and the Big "W" Alumni Club. The Big "W" Alumni Club at the University of Washington is a special interest group of the UW Alumni Association consisting of Husky letterwinners that have completed their athletic eligibility. The Club is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and services engaging former student athletes in Husky athletics. "Aretha asked us to help her in any way with the many expenses that training for the Olympics creates," said Greg Lewis, the executive director of the Big "W" Alumni Club at Washington. "We donated money to her and also asked other former Husky athletes to help her cause." The Big "W" Club had not helped a former Husky athlete before in this way, and knew it was not an opportunity to pass up. "We were very excited to have the opportunity to help Aretha," said Lewis. "She is not only representing the United States, but the University of Washington and the Big "W" Alumni Club as well." As a Husky thrower, Hill won two Pac-10 titles and threw an American collegiate record of 215-3. Hill will throw for Olympic gold on Friday, August 22 at 8 p.m. on NBC.