Head Start announced today that one of its employees is the proud mother of an Olympic athlete.
24 year old Andra Manson of Brenham, Texas, had the honor of being a part of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics as he and his fellow athletes took part in the Parade of Nations. On Sunday, August 17, his Olympic experience will truly begin as Andra will compete in the Men’s High Jump Qualifying Round.
Head Start employee, Jerlene Manson, agrees with what so many say of her son, “We are all so proud of him. He has worked so hard for so long. It has been many years of dedication and determination to get this point – the pinnacle of what many athletes strive towards for years. He is an amazing athlete and an honorable man. We know this experience will be one he will never forget.”
Mary Kay Smith, Head Start Program Director, said "We are so excited for Jerlene and her family. Head Start is a family as well. When one of our family members hurt, we hurt with them. When one is celebrating a wonderful occasion such as this, we celebrate with them. We will be watching and cheering him on the entire time. What an inspiration it is to see him today representing our country at the Olympics!”
Andra’s career highlights include: 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up; 2008 World Indoor bronze medalist; 2008 USA Indoor champion; 2002 World Junior & U.S. Junior champion; American Junior record holder; 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion
For more information regarding Andra and his Olympic experience, please logon to the following two websites.