In Memoriam – Jerry C Arline, Sr
The man pictured is the #1 reason you are standing here today reading this. My coach. I owe everything to Coach. Who I am today, what I’ve done with my life, my wife, my children, my career, this gym. Everything. Coach took a 14 year old punk kid, and gave me an outlet into the world of fitness and weightlifting. The things he taught me, molded me and shaped me into the person I am today. Coach was a big guy, full of life, with a passion for the greatest sport I know. He was the most generous person I have ever known, and his influence on me saved my life, literally. My life would have taken a very different path had it not been for me not wanting to disappoint Coach. His influence on my life guided me to a point to help form a company early in the 2000s that now employs and provides for numerous people and families. While I have moved on from there, I know many people’s livelihoods are still made possible by what he did for me. He is a shining example of how touching the life of 1 person can lead to changing the lives of countless others.
Coach was taken away from us far too soon, before I could really thank him for what he did for me, and before he could see what his influence has been able to do for others. Not a day goes by that I don’t walk into this gym and think of him. My ultimate goal, with what little knowledge I have, is to have the same influence on someone else that he had on me. Thank you, Coach, for everything. I will cherish forever the time you invested in my life. It was not a waste. I will remember forever our training sessions, our long drives to competitions, and the countless hours of watching old weightlifting videos. I miss you.
4F Sports Performance and the Harrisburg Weightlifting Club