As Lake County citizens join the rest of the world to watch exceptional athletes compete in London at the 2012 Olympics, it serves as a reminder of the importance of family, fairness and the reward of hard work--all ideals of great importance to me.
There are several local athletes representing the United States at the games, and my family and I are cheering them on from right here in Lake County, including:
- Tamika Catchings, former Stevenson High School student (Basketball)
- Conor Dwyer, Wilmette (Swimming)
- Matt Grevers, Lake Forest (Swimming)
- Christina Loukas, Riverwoods (Diving)
- Jillian Schwartz, former Lake Forest High School student competed for U.S. in 2004 and now on Israeli team (Pole Vault)
See photos: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/illinois-olympic-athletes_n_1699222.html#slide=1273355
These Olympic athletes have trained for years. They have committed themselves to their sports, their individual goals and to represent their country on the world stage. The athletes remind us that we all can succeed and even exceed our own expectations. We can always do better, be faster, stronger, more prepared, more helpful, more caring.
In my career as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have seen and experienced first hand the challenges people can overcome simply by being inspired by positive role models. This is especially true for troubled teens, where a strong family and community support system can make so much difference for our kids, our families and our community.
As we continue to watch the Olympic athletes over the next few weeks, we should all be inspired and motivated to do better at whatever it is we are committed to as athletes, as individuals, and as citizens. I know that as I watch and cheer on our Lake County and Team USA athletes, I will be further inspired to run a positive campaign and restore pride to the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.
Please join me in cheering on our athletes. And join me in the effort to bring positive change to the office of Lake County State's Attorney. Join our team, and help us ensure a win in November.
Have you seen our Olympic themed spot on TV during the games?
Watch it here on YouTube: http://youtu.be/AwNyHZ2ek-U