Friday, June 23, 2006
Joek Cheek Honored
While somewhat more subdued, but even more impressive, legislators on Thursday honored
native and Olympic medalist Joey Cheek, who won a gold medal in the 500 meter race and silver medal in the 1,000 meter race during the 2006 Winter Olympics. He won his first medal during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Greensboro by capturing the bronze for his third-place finish in the 1,000 meter event. Mr. Cheek became an international hero when he used his time before the world press after winning the gold medal to announce he would donate his winnings to help children in the war ravaged region of Salt Lake City Darfur. He has traveled the world, to promote the “Right to Play” charity, which helps children in disadvantaged nations grow and develop through sports. Mr. Cheek inspired the chamber with a heartfelt speech.