Shaun Hamilton--one of the original jump rope boys from Philip Nolan and former SHS athlete--returned to Sweetwater with his wife Felicia on Monday, May 21 for two events held for students within the Sweetwater school district.
The Hamiltons first took part as keynote speakers in the "Female Force" student workshop for all 8th through 12th girls on Monday morning at the Center in the local TSTC West Texas Campus.
A 2000 graduate of Sweetwater High School, Shaun is also a 2004 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Educational with a minor in Marketing. During his college career, he joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and served as Chapter President in the spring of 2002.
Following college, Shaun headed to Dayton, Ohio to begin work at the Miami Valley Hospital as manager for the Injury Prevention Center-Level 1 Trauma Center. His work helped the program become nationally recognized with two articles published in the American Trauma Journal.
As a result, he is now the manager for Supplier Diversity at Premier Health Partners Healthcare System--the largest healthcare system in southwestern Ohio.
Shaun's leadership has allowed him to take part in several programs and garner awards. In 2008, he earned the Dayton Business Journal Health Care Hero Award; at age 26 he was named as one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 years old.
He participated and graduated from Leadership Dayton through the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and he also ministers at The Mt. Pisgah Church of Dayton, Ohio as the College and Young Professional Overseer.
Shawn met his wife Felicia at Wilberforce University in the fall of 2008 when he was a guest speaker for an event she planned on campus. They married in the summer of 2010 and currently reside in Centerville, Ohio--a young couple devoted to God, each other and helping people of all ages.
Felicia is a 2000 graduate of Louisville Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky. A lettered cheerleader with a passion for dance, she helped form the Second District Dance Company with the help of the Jefferson County Metropolitan Government.
The program received two $10,000 grants to continually meet the participants' needs. She was also invited to her local women's correctional facility in Kentucky for open dialogue with the women and occasionally as a motivational speaker.
In May 2011, Felicia earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio--graduating with honors, Magnum Cum Laude, and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society in spring 2011.
Throughout her college career, she was the president and project director of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), the vice president of a campus ministry called Men and Women of Vision, Integrity and Purpose, and the secretary of Sigma Alpha Pi--the National Society for Leadership and Success.
For the past three years, she has been a sexual assault victim advocate and first responder to assault survivors. She is also heavily involved with her church in various leadership roles as the leader of the women's ministry.
Felicia is also in senior leadership at the church, being the first women to be ordained as elder since The Mt. Pisgah Church of Dayton, Ohio was founded 108 years ago. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
Following the Female Force seminar, the Hamiltons headed to Sweetwater Intermediate School where Shaun did an afternoon jump rope session with the current Jump Rope Team.
Most locals might remember Shaun as an avid jump-roper with the original Sweetwater Jump Rope Team. His involvement in the sport as a seven-year-old for the past 22 years has brought him through competition and today is taking part in jump rope leadership.
Shaun has performed in 38 states and 23 countries performing and teaching the sport. He is a two-time National Jump Rope Champion, a World Jump Rope Champion and World record holder.
At the age of 21, Shaun was the youngest member elected to the USA Jump Rope Board of Directors, helping to start various programs and initiatives. He was the founder and head coach of the USA Jump Rope All-Star team and from 2005-2009, he was the Team USA Head Coach.
Shaun has also appeared on different television programs to spotlight jump roping, including ESPN, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and "Jump!"--a documentary that airs on Showtime and the Biography Channel.
In addition, he is the co-founder, president and CEO of Jumpin' Sports Industries, in which he is a highly-sought jump rope consultant for solo and team athletes along with companies and movies around the world.
Furthermore, Shaun was recently named the Chairman of World Jump Rope. The group strives to unify the world of jump rope, and Shaun says they have plans to bring the sport to the Olympics.