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Sports champions Kim, left, and Corwin Anthony of Athletes in Action spoke to area teens Sunday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Sports champions Kim, left, and Corwin Anthony of Athletes in Action spoke to area teens Sunday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
April 22, 2013 11:40 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Several hundred teens heard inspirational testimony and faith-based advice from husband and wife champion athletes Sunday at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s R.R. Hodges Chapel.

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Kim Hamilton and Corwin Anthony traveled very different paths before meeting in the 1980s as UCLA sophomores. Kim was born in a poor Richmond, Va., neighborhood and was thrown into the drug culture as a child. Corwin came from California’s Central Valley. His grandfather was a minister.

Corwin’s neighbors grew cotton. Kim’s father cultivated marijuana plants in a four-room house that was home to 13. Corwin sang in the choir. Kim rolled joints for her dad’s friends.

“I always knew my mother loved me, but with my father I never felt of value,” Kim told a hushed audience. “At 13, I went to see the drug dealer next door. He knew how to make crack, and I thought if I learned how it might make my father proud.”

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