USA Weightlifting Announces Passing of Board Member C.J. Bennett
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO –February 16, 2013- USA Weightlifting regrets to inform the weightlifting community that C.J. Bennett, Board of Director and Hall of Fame member, passed away on February 15, 2013 at the age of 72.
CJ had been involved with the sport of weightlifting for over 40 years, most recently as a member of the board since 2011, and member of the USA Weightlifting Local Weightlifting Committee. He also served as a National Referee since 1975 and International Referee since 1977 and as a member of the USA Weightlifting Technical Committee from 2004-2008. Additionally, CJ had been very active in a number of organizations that support those who have Cerebral Palsy.
CJ’s community recently honored his accomplishments by featuring him as an “Extraordinarily Fascinating ‘Ordinary’ Person of the Month.” To read more on CJ’s lifelong weightlifting accomplishments and support of Cerebral Palsy please click here to view this article.
On behalf of everyone at USA Weightlifting, we extend our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
MESSAGE FROM ARTHUR DRECSHLER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
CJ's life of service to the weightlifting and cerebral palsy communities was truly extraordinary. He was on his way to the Jr Nationals to be inducted into the USAW Hall of Fame when he passed away. While he was proud of being the USAW's latest HOF inductee, he was even prouder that after a huge struggle with a recent health crisis we was again going to be able to serve weightlifting this weekend as a referee. Although he never got to receive his award or to referee, his last act of service to his beloved sport has left us all in even greater awe of his fighting spirit and fidelity to the sport he loved so deeply. To say he will be missed is an understatement beyond words, but to say that he inspired us to the end is even more of an understatement. We salute him and all that he lived stood for.