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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] I LOVE IT! - Brenda
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 08:49:01 -0700
Are you not the proudest of your sons? This made me smile.......big time.
Thanks for sharing it.
"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brenda Hart" <>
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 8:49 AM
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] future genealogical information :-)
> I thought any future Hagar/McNeill researchers would probably want to read
> this article about my son that was in the paper this week. :-) (If any
> of you ever meet my son, please don't tell him I posted this. He really
> Running dedication
> Grace Prep junior's devotion to ministry motivates him to do more
> By TRAE THOMPSON
> Star-Telegram Staff Writer
> The pedestal is right there in front of him, but Grace Prep junior
> John-Mark Hart isn't about to get on it. In fact, he doesn't want anything
> to do with it.
> "I want to make a difference wherever I go," Hart said. "I'm not putting
> myself above anyone else."
> It wouldn't be a difficult thing to do. The 16-year-old plays three
> and he's one of the main reasons why the Lions have a boys cross country
> program this season. As the No. 1 runner and leader for the Lions, running
> in college is inevitable, his coaches say.
> Sports are a huge part of Hart's life, but they are not what's most
> important. Hart is devoted to the ministry and is involved with Mission
> Arlington, a Christian organization that reaches out with clothes and food
> to families in lower-income neighborhoods and apartment complexes. It's a
> calling that Hart has felt since he was a kid, and, like athletics, it's
> something that he remains modest about.
> "You know, a lot of times we'll be walking down the street, and we'll pass
> by so many people without sharing what we know," Hart said. "So it's a
> opportunity to make sure I'm sharing what I have."
> Hart, 16, saw the effects of poverty firsthand while growing up in east
> Fort Worth, and by the age of 5, he was determined to help with others.
> Last summer, Hart got involved with Mission Arlington, thanks mostly to
> older brother, Matt, 20, a full-time worker. John-Mark teaches Sunday
> school classes to children ages 10 and younger.
> "He's always been real sensitive to what God wants in his life," said
> Brenda Hart, John-Mark's mother. "He's always been easy to work with. We
> keep waiting for him to turn into a real teenager, but he hasn't. We've
> still been real lucky."
> His mother explains how her son doesn't want any recognition for himself.
> Grades? Hart says he is a good student but doesn't know his grade-point
> average. Is he one of the school leaders? Ask his classmates, he replies.
> "He's just a very involved young man," Lions cross country coach Calvin
> McGill said. "He's learning and growing at a lot younger age than most of
> us did. I know I probably didn't learn that much at his age."
> McGill took notice of Hart's running ability during the summer, while Hart
> ran for his club team. Hart was coming off a spring season in which he
> placed second in the 2-mile run at the TAPPS 3A state track meet in Waco.
> At the end of the summer, Hart was working out so much that McGill forced
> him to stop.
> This is Hart's first year to run cross country because the Lions didn't
> have a team last year. Hart helped contact enough runners that Grace Prep
> has two boys teams this fall.
> "It takes a little talking to get some people to run three miles," Hart
> Hart ran in Saturday's Country Day Invitational and placed third in the 3A
> and under division with a time of 17 minutes, 3 seconds. It was his third
> top-five finish and the third time in four meets to run less than 18
> "He's so thoroughly disciplined he's liable to work too hard," Lions track
> coach Ronny Abrams said. "He works so hard and he's mentally tough to
> he'll get in a groove and get focused to where he'll run through any pain
> barrier to accomplish his goals."
> Trae Thompson, (817) 548-5451
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