Open Letter to Shermaine Williams

July 22, 2012


I must first congratulate you on the significant achievement of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Life is a journey and along the way you must stop to admire the sites, appreciate the lessons, and learn from the experiences. You should also grasp the opportunities to grow, network, and achieve. As you travel to Europe, do remember your primary purpose there – to be the best you can be on August 6th and 7th 2012, the days of the 100m hurdles. You have worked hard and I am confident you will continue to be steadfast in your journey to achieve greatness in London.

Keep your thoughts on the technical areas we have been rehearsing and on the things you can control.  Everyone will be in the same environment, but not everyone will be equally prepared mentally or physically.  Focus not on others, but on yourself, your preparation, and your objective.

You are the first ever female Olympian in the history of Johnson C. Smith University; which makes you a pioneer. You will be an act every other female student-athlete at the University will strive to emulate. 

Accept your blessing and continue to travel this journey; the journey we both started some 10 years ago back in Kingston, Jamaica. Represent your country, JCSU, your sponsors, and yourself with honor and dignity. I pray God’s blessing on all you are about to do and will welcome you back to Charlotte when you return. 


Lennox Graham
Head Coach
Johnson C. Smith University