In May, Knippa High School powerlifter Tressa Reading was named a Semper-Fidelis All-American. Recipients of this honor received an all-expenses paid trip to attend a four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington, D.C.
Each All-American was also able to invite a mentor of their choosing from their school, sports team, or a community organization to attend the event. Reading invited Knippa powerlifting coach Josh King. King recounted the events Reading experienced during the four-day academy: On July 11, Reading arrived in Washington, D.C. She met her squad and went on a mini-tour that passed the White House.
Reading visited Quantico, Virginia, on July 12, where she got a Marine Crops experience by firing high-powered rifles. Additionally, Reading completed the officer obstacle course and stepped inside the president’s helicopter.
On July 13, Reading went to American University and trained with the Team USA wrestling team. Team USA put the All-Americans through a physical workout.
That afternoon, Reading and the other All-Americans built bicycles for their community service project. Afterward, children from the Washington, D.C., Boys and Girls Club came, and each child was given a bicycle. On July 14, Reading and the other academy attendees did extensive tours of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Memorial, to name a few.
Reading met inspirational athletes, such as Pittsburg Steelers running back James Conner; two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton; and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon. She was also introduced to high-ranking generals.
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