Sandi Morris resides and trains in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but decided to come home to get a proper Olympic sendoff.
Morris, Greenville’s soon-to-be Olympian, will be in Greenville Saturday for a sendoff gathering from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in The Shops at Greenridge at 1125 Woodruff Rd.
Friends, fans and former classmates are encouraged to attend and show their support for the 2010 Greenville High School graduate.
“I’m really excited about it,” Morris said Friday prior to competing in a street vault event in downtown Charlotte. “Having a sendoff party at home in Greenville is going to help it hit home for me about what I’ve accomplished. Celebrating on home turf is going to be a lot of fun. It means the world to me and my family to have Greenville behind us.”
Morris, 24, will be signing autographs during the festivities, and fans also can take a “Selfie with Sandi” for a donation to help fund the Morris family’s trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch Sandi compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Mention that you’re there to “send Sandi off” and Buffalo Wild Wings also will donate 10 percent of all food sales between 4:30 and 6:30 to help fund the trip.
Morris has been on a roll of late. The former University of Arkansas standout finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month and established a new American record in the women’s outdoor pole vault last weekend in Houston.
“I feel like I have some good momentum,” Morris said.
Momentum that she was hoping to see carry over to Friday’s street vault, which is a fun, relaxed event that helps expose Morris’s event to the masses.
“Street vaults are amazing because you’ve got spectators coming who have never seen the sport,” Morris said. “Just to see the look in their eyes when they see it for the first time is awesome.
“So I’m hoping to have a good bar. It’s a good event to put me in a good mood. If you go to big meets before an important competition, it can stress you. This event will be a good reminder that I’m in this because I love the sport.”