Some Sacramentans who have made a huge mark on the world now have a permanent mark in Midtown, as they join the other names on the city's Walk of StarsAuthor Nicholas Sparks and Tower Records founder Russ Solomon are among this year's honorees. They have made their own mark, but they do not have their own song like Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA star Ruthie Bolton. Bolton has also used her fame and experience to encourage other domestic violence victims like her.
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Fellow Olympian Billy Mills, whose ten-thousand meter gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo games is one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, said as an orphan he felt like he didn't belong. Like Bolton, Mills is an advocate. He looks to promote the needs of Native American youth, whom he helps to overcome what he calls the "poverty of dreams."