Mount Vernon sends athlete’s family to the Olympics
On Friday, August 5, during an overflowing press conference held in the Mount Vernon City Hall rotunda, Mayor Richard Thomas, elected officials, and prominent business owners from around Mount Vernon united to announce they were sending Deajah Stevens’ family to the Olympics. Stevens will be representing Mount Vernon, and the United States in Rio when she competes in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Deajah was raised by a single mom who sacrificed everything to get her daughter to reach her Olympic dream. Now, the City of Mount Vernon is coming together to make the entire family’s dream come true.
"I wanted to show you the Olympic village and just say thank you Mount Vernon for being so supportive of me," said Stevens in a video shown during the press conference.
Deajah Stevens will be competing in the 200-meter dash on August 15.
During the press conference Deajah's mother, sister and aunt found out some local business owners raised $13,000 to cover their travel and hotel expenses at the Olympic summer games.
Mayor Richard Thomas said Stevens' Olympic journey is one for the Mount Vernon history books while displaying a proclamation to be given to Deajah upon her return from Rio de Janeiro!
Prior to the end of the press conference the mayor announced that the city will be honoring Deajah with a parade upon her return.
With Deajah Stevens’ family by his side, Mayor Thomas displays a proclamation to be presented to her upon her return from Rio