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1988 Jamaican bobsled team member to speak at North Tahoe

Devon Harris
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Even though there is not much snow at North Lake Tahoe, an Olympic bobsledder is coming to Kings Beach.

Devon Harris, a member of the Jamaican Bobsled Team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, will speak at the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s Annual Kids First Fundraising breakfast on Saturday, April 18.

“We are really excited to welcome Devon to the club and hear his powerful and positive message,” said Mindy Carbajal, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

Devon was raised in one of the most violent slums of Kingston, Jamaica, yet he graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England and served as an officer in the Jamaica Defense Force.

He started off as a barefoot boy trying to win a track race and became a member of his country’s first Olympic bobsled team.

Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie “Cool Runnings.” Devon also competed in, and was captain of, the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one’s best life.

His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.

The event is from 10-11:30 a.m. at the club’s campus at 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach. Donations will be solicited in lieu of a ticket price.

Space is limited; RSVP by calling 530-546-4324 or emailing astoner@bgcnlt.org by April 14.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, which serves more than 1,000 local youth annually. Visit bgcnlt.org for more information.

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