ATTICA - Kevin Moore, 17, a senior at Seneca East High School, has been chosen to compete in the Down Under West Central Conference Track and Field competition.
The competition is set to take place in July in Australia, where he will be competing in the 110-meter hurdles. The only catch is, Kevin has to raise $4,700 to secure his trip. The money is due by June 3, and Kevin's family is working hard to raise the money.
In addition to the competition in Australia, Kevin will be able to spend a few days in Hawaii to cool off and relax.
"I am constantly reaching out to members of the community for their help in getting the word out and asking for various fundraising ideas," said Darlene Moore, Kevin's mother.
"We decided that since Kevin, going to Australia, is not a normal everyday kind of a thing, we didn't want the normal fundraising ideas," she said.
Darlene and Kevin have talked about several ideas to raise money, but they are starting off with a bake sale Oct. 26 at the Seneca East football game against Calvert, the last home game of the season.
"I am also selling Down Under T-shirts," said Kevin.
Also for purchase are tickets for $2, that will be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to go to Australia to watch Kevin compete.
Other than track, Kevin also plays football, indoor track and, when he can, some backyard sports.
"I like football and track, but I'm better at track," Kevin said.
Kevin was selected for the Down Under track event due to his performance in the 110-meter hurdles. He made his best time of 14.51 seconds for the hurdles at the state track and field championship in Lancaster, placing him in first.
Other than the hurdles, "I'll try some relays," he said.
There will be 300 students participating in this international track and field event and, so far, there are only two students from Ohio.
Down Under Sports was founded in 1989 by George O'Scanlon, who was in love with athletics and wanted to promote them in New Zealand and Australia.
According to a news release, the Down Under program is in place to "use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head to head in the sport they love."
In addition to Seneca East, Kevin also attends Sentinel Career and Technology Center's welding/fabrication technology program.
Kevin wants to go to college for engineering and also plans to compete in track and field while in college.
He also has aspirations to compete in the Olympic games.
"When the Olympic games were on this summer, I told him I wanted to see him compete in the Olympics," said Darlene Moore.
"It means a lot especially to see that someone can see the potential I have and the skills I have," Kevin saud.
Moore credits track coach Ed Phillips for much of Kevin's motivation.
"He has been such a great supporter of Kevin and saw his potential to push Kevin," she said. "I don't think Kevin would be at the level he is when it comes to his athletic abilities if he didn't have Ed on his side."
Along with Kevin's mother, he has a supportive family: A sister, Stephanie, who is in seventh grade at Seneca East and also runs cross country, brother Darren, stepsister Sydney, stepbrother Brennin, stepfather Chris Robison, father Rob Moore and stepmother Stacy.
To sponsor Kevin Moore, visit www.downundersports.com/make-
payment and enter Kevin's name and a donation will go into his account, or make a payment in check form to Down Under Sports.