Wednesday, November 9, 2011
St. Bernard Prep’s Ayleana Mami to compete in Australia for Alabama and USA
Saint Bernard Prep School’s Ayleana Mami has been selected to represent Alabama on the 2012 National Western Conference Track and Field Team in Australia. Chris Pella, Recruiting Coordinator, International Sports Specialist, Inc. from Down Under Sports said Mami was invited because of her outstanding performance last year at the Alabama High School Athletic Associations State Meet.
Mami currently holds the 1A title for the 1600 meter run as well as the 3200 meter run. “Ayleana is an outstanding athlete who has captured the eyes of several coaches from the State of Alabama who think she will be the perfect addition to the Alabama and USA International Team to participate in Australia,” Pella said. “This program is much like the Olympics. Only 300 athletes are accepted to compete at the International competition.”
To participate, fifteen year old Mami must raise $5,000. She is reaching out to her family, community, and friends to donate towards the cost of competing Down Under. “I am honored to be an ambassador of not only our community and state, but also my country. However, sponsorships are necessary to make this dream come true for me,” Mami said.
For Mami the competition held July 1-9, 2012 in Sydney Australia offers her a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sponsorships of $20 or more dollars will qualify supporters for some great prizes too. The first draw will win: 2 all expense paid trips to the 2012 Down Under Sports Competition in Australia and Hawaii. All entries must be received by ISSI no later than 5 p.m. MST on June 1, 2012- entries received by this time will be entered into both drawings.
The second draw will win: A 5-day Caribbean Cruise for two. All entries must be received by ISSI no later than 5 PM MST on August 1, 2012. Entries received between June 1, 2012 5:01 PM MST and August 1, 2012 5:00 PM MST will be entered into the 2nd drawing only.
The next 30 days are critical to Ayleana. For all contributions received in her honor to International Sports Specialist, Inc. the scholarship fund will match her 25% up to $2,000.
Donations are to be made directly to International Sports Specialists, Inc. (or ISSI), and mailed along with the sponsorship form. To receive a sponsorship form through the mail, contact the school at (256)739-6682 or donate online at www.downundersports.com click sponsor payment and mark it for Ayleana Mami Track and Field.
Mami is the daughter of Anthony and Dorothea Hunter Mami of Cullman.