Johnny R. Adams
May 1949- November 2009
Information coming soon.
In 2009 during the final hours prior to “on your mark, get set, GO!” for the Polk County Family Week annual race I was called to the hospital in an emergency that would conclude in the loss of my greatest hero, my dad. Blessed with a strong team of volunteers the race was going to happen – no matter what! I remember waiting in the hospital for the final word, and I made a quick call to check on the event. My friend, Dawn, on the other end said “we’ve got this Jane, stay there.” Each year following that event I’ve continued to show up not realizing the difficulty that it had become for me, I am dedicated to the purpose and importance of Polk County Family Week’s mission so I’ve continued to push through it giving what I could.
My Dad was “the” family man. Everything from fishing to feeding the homeless we did together! This isn’t just another event in my heart because it represents the core values that my father taught to me and my brothers. There can be nothing more important than taking care of what you can in the world and standing in a position of strength and love. My father was known by many for his generosity and love for all people and it kept our family in a constant position of serving others.
When approached by Chairman Lori Waters after the 2012 event with the opportunity to honor my father in 2013 by dedicating the race in my dad’s memory it quickly changed and grew into something beyond beautiful in my own heart – I could finally see my father’s passing in a different light. After the tears, I sat in my office trying to find a name for the race. I had to go directly to the source of the man that my father was and all that he’d taught me to be in life as a servant. “A Servant’s Heart,” is the total sum of the greatest man I’ve ever known and hopefully will share his love for God, community, and others with Polk County for many years to come.
This year the race will take place at Lake Hollingsworth, in Lakeland, on Friday November 15th, at 6 p.m. The event, in a true servant’s fashion, is a free event for the community. Racers, walkers, strollers are invited to attend where they will receive an event t-shirt, goodie bag, and an opportunity to play together as a family.