State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) delivered a floor speech in support of Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, which would establish July 8th as Harrison Dillard Day in Ohio. Mr. Dillard was born in Cuyahoga County, served in the famed “Buffalo Soldiers” during the Second World War, and set numerous world records in track events. Harrison Dillard also won gold medals in sprints and hurdles at the Olympic Games in London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952. He is the first individual to win gold in both sprints and hurdles.

“I am proud to support a day that recognizes not only a local citizen, but a true athlete,” said Rep. Anielski. “Harrison Dillard is an example to us all for his dedication to our country, to his community, and to the love of the sport.”

Senate Bill 62 passed the Ohio House of Representatives and now goes to Governor John Kasich for consideration.

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