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Roanoke Track Team Raises Money for Junior Olympics

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A Roanoke middle-schooler with a heart for giving is now asking for the community's help to get his track team to the AAU Junior Olympics in Iowa.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, then 10-year-old Tayrik Burgess, wrote a letter to his classmates asking for their help fundraising for victims.

Tayrik collected baby supplies, canned food and bottled water, and sent the load north with the help of God's Pit Crew.

Now, Tayrik and his AAU track and field teammates are asking for donations from the community so they can make the Junior Olympics in Iowa a reality.

“We're raising those monies to try to get these kids out there, they deserve it, they've worked really, really hard,” explained coach, Tra Wilson.

“He worked hard to get here , he made it last year, but because of all the money and everything we, he was just unable to go last year,” Donna Jarvis said, Tayrik’s mom.

Coach Wilson says the trip will cost each family around $2,000.

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