Dance doesnt stop for coach at AAU Junior Olympic Games
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Despite injuries suffered in car wrecks, 'all of my girls are my testimony'
The Hausman family from Pennsylvania from left, Sierra, Mary, Kayla and Melissa are among the first to register for the AAU Junior Olympics on Wednesday at Chilhowee Park.
It's just that some of their stories are more compelling than others.
Take the hard road traveled by Roshawn Buxton, for example.
Buxton is the coach of the -N-Motion Dance Team from Riverdale, Ga. Buxton and her team of six dancers were among the first groups of athletes to register for the 10-day competition.
More than 17,000 athletes, ages 6 to 18, will participate in 22 sports at 21 venues in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Loudon counties today through Aug. 4.
After checking in Wednesday evening at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park, Buxton's team will help kick off the dance competition today at the Civic Auditorium.
The -N-Motion Dance Team, which has won several gold medals at past AAU Junior Olympics, will once again be one of the favorites in the lyrical, jazz and tap dance competitions.
There was a time when coaching dance was the least of Buxton's concerns.
On New Year's Eve in 1993, Buxton who has been involved in dance for 30 years as a competitor or coach suffered a broken neck in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver.
One year later on Easter, Buxton's ruptured two discs in her back after her car was hit by an 18-wheeler.
"I have wire and a plate in my back," said the 44-year-old Buxton, who is a respiration therapist and CPR instructor.
"I was told by doctors that I never would dance again so, I proceeded to open up a dance studio in 1999. I was told never to have children again. Bree, who turns 10 Saturday, is my testimony to that," grinned Buxton, as she pointed to her daughter who is also a member of the dance team.
"All of my girls are my testimony."
Like longtime team members Ashley Favors, Jetta Kiamachiande and Aliah James. All have danced for Buxton for at least six years.
Favors is headed to Howard University this fall after a nine-year stint with the -N-Motion Dance Team.
"I look up to her because of what she has been through," said Favors, about her coach.
"I love her she's like my mom. She inspires me to be the best I can."
Buxton said she gets far more from her girls than she gives.
"My body hurts every single day. I give all the glory to God."
Slow Start: Athletes in the various sports will roll into Knoxville on a staggered basis the next several days.
Competition heats up Friday as girls basketball takes center stage in Blount County, with games at Eagleton Middle School, William Blount Middle School, Alcoa High School and Alcoa Middle School.
Other sports that begin on Friday are table tennis, jump rope, cheerleading and trampoline and tumbling.
For more information on the events, go to www.knoxville.org or www.aaujrogames.org.