Baltimore County will honor Olympic medalist from Mount St. Joe


Good news on the Tommy Hannan/Olympian Park front.

Marjorie Hampson, the director of the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, saw my blog entry on Hannan, a Mount St. Joseph grad and gold medal swimmer at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, being absent from the county’s Olympian Park in Towson.

Hampson followed up with a phone call to Hannan in Seattle, and sent an email July 25, which I quote here:

“All is good. County Executive Kamenetz will be adding Tommy’s name to the County’s Olympian Park – constructing a monument and adding a plaque.

“We hope to hold a recognition event sometime in September or October for 2012 Baltimore County Olympians and will include Tommy’s honor at the time. Hopefully, Tommy will be able to attend.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and it is our pleasure to rectify the oversight.”

Reached in Seattle, Hannan said “It’s an honor to be recognized by Baltimore County. I’m happy for my family, that they will be able to see that, and for Mount St. Joe to get some recognition.”

And thanks to Marjorie and Baltimore County, for the prompt action.

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