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Harvey featured in Sports Illustrated

James Ball

Olympic track legend Florence Griffith-Joyner truly admires Truckee’s Christina Harvey, and several weeks ago the two had the chance to meet in New York.

After winning one of 25 Student Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) awards and subsequently being featured in a Sports Illustrated pictoral advertisement, Harvey was invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York City June 26.

Arriving in the Big Apple, Harvey was honored at a dinner and ceremony where Joyner was the keynote speaker.

Joyner spoke about the importance of academics and athletics and stressed the scholarship recipients’ new roles as role models for children across the United States.

Joyner said her young daughter now aspires to become a SAMMY award winner, something Harvey said touched her.

“They made a big deal about us as role models,” Harvey said.

In fact, such a big deal was made that the 25 recipients were videotaped for spots to be shown in U.S. high schools, encouraging students to drink milk and do well in school.

Representatives and editors from Sports Illustrated introduced the winners of the $7,500 scholarship standing in front of huge Citizen Kane-esque banners of the students. The presenters briefly discussed the students’ achievements, both on the field of competition and academics.

After the ceremony, Harvey said the recipients got to tour New York, visiting such perennial landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the shops of Fifth Avenue.

A highlight of the trip was when the students watched the New York Yankees trounce the Mets in a 7-1 routing.

Harvey said comedian Jerry Seinfeld threw out the ceremonial first ball at the game.

The students also ate at the late Mickey Mantle’s restaurant in Manhattan.

At the awards ceremony, Cal Ripken, one of the scholarship’s judges, delivered a speech to the winners via videotape congratulating them on their achievements.

Harvey was impressed when Joyner’s husband, also an Olympic medal-winner, went around asking all of the recipients to sign his copy of the advertisement.

The speakers discussed the importance of milk in an athlete’s diet and each winner was asked to do the same.

Harvey said she was a little hesitant to answer.

So does she actually drink the stuff herself?

“I hate the taste of milk,” Harvey said, a little embarrassed. “But chocolate makes it better.”

For $7,500, how can anyone argue with that?

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