Jadarrius Hodges and his teammate Kedarius Harris are headed to the USA World Powerlifting Meet in September with their eyes firmly fixed on the prize of becoming the best powerlifters in their class in the entire world.
Hodges, who currently attends Northwest Mississippi Community College and is a member of the USA Powerlifting Team and the Junior Olympic Team, is going head-to-head in world competition against Russian and Turkish counterparts.
Hodges is a criminal justice major at Northwest.
The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a $250 contribution for Hodges and Harris to defray costs of their trip.
In return, the powerlifters will do some "heavy lifting" for the county — representing and spreading the word about Mississippi's fastest-growing county.
Hodges is currently ranked No. 2 in the world and competes in the squat, bench and powerlifting categories.
Hodges attended Lake Cormorant High School, graduating last year. Harris is a senior at Lake Cormorant High School.
"This will be the third time to get on the national team," Hodges said.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.