Joel Gillin made headlines four years ago when he and his Edison High School teammates won the state boys' golf title.
This summer, Gillin plans to get a workout of a different kind.
For the last nine months, the 2007 graduate has been stationed with the Peace Corps in Armenia, serving as an English tutor in the country's remote villages. Starting June 4, he and 11 other volunteers will walk across the country — six starting at the Georgian border and six from the Iranian border — and make presentations about health to schoolchildren at villages along the way.
As an Edison student, Gillin said, he never did much in the way of volunteering. But he caught the bug in college when he began tutoring English after school, and he's eagerly awaiting a trip that will challenge his legs as well as his teaching ability.
"I'm definitely excited," Gillin said. "When I look at the amount of distance we're covering, I'm a little daunted by the kilometers on there. There are a couple days where we're basically walking a marathon in heat, not on straight, flat roads, with a backpack on."