With the Summer Challenge underway we want to provide you with inspiration from a few of our heroes. Some of these people you may know, others you may not, but all have provided us with an incredible sense of passion, drive, and motivation to live a meaningful and healthy life.
Serena is a 23 time-Grand Slam singles champion who isn’t afraid to use her voice and her global platform to speak out on social causes and areas of inequality. She has one of the greatest stories in sports having grown up in Compton and now being one of the best female tennis players of all-time. Serena is learning how to balance being a wife, a mother and a professional athlete. After experiencing life threatening blood clots from her daughter’s C-section, it’s been a long road to recovery. But that hasn’t stopped her from putting in the work for an amazing comeback. This greatest sports story is far from over! Also, have you seen her unretouched feature in Harper’s Bazaar?! An amazing message about being confident in your own skin and standing up for yourself.
“With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That’s what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don’t want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying”
Also known as Brave Like Gabe. She is a professional runner who inspires the running community and non-runners around the world through her decade-long battle with cancer. She is an All-American, US Champion, and narrowly missed making the 2016 Olympic Team, all while in the midst of her fight with cancer that returned 4 separate times. Her strength of character, her demonstration of hope, and her uplifting spirit was celebrated with everyone she met. Gabe passed away in June, but her brave life will be forever commemorated by the world.
“Being brave for me, means not giving up on the things that make me feel alive”
US Women’s Soccer Team
The most successful international women’s soccer team with a record breaking four World Cup titles. There have only been eight World Cup tournaments and the U.S team has been in 5 final games, winning four of them. They’ve faced heavy criticism for their confidence and goal celebrations, but they have never let that stop them from succeeding. They continuously fight for equal pay to the U.S men’s team, who have not had the success they have but get paid significantly more.
“Putting yourself out there is hard, but it's so worth it. I don't think anyone who has ever spoken out, or stood up or had a brave moment, has regretted it.” -Megan Rapinoe
Chelsea Warner, Special Olympics Athlete
two time defending gymnastics world champion and four time US National Champion with Down syndrome. Doctors told her she would always have low muscle tone, but she defied the odds and hit a level of fitness beyond many experts expectations. She has also taken the world by storm and gained a successful modeling career posing on the cover of Teen Vogue and walking in New York Fashion Week.
“I’m a very positive person and don’t see things as limitations. I’m pretty stubborn and work very hard.”
Two weeks ago Coco Gauff was unknown outside of the tennis world. Although, after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, and defeating her long time hero, Venus Williams, Coco Gauff has made her sparkling debut on the world stage. Despite not advancing to the semi-finals, I am sure this won’t be the last time we hear about this rising tennis star.
“You really learn a lot from your loss. You don’t learn too much when you win a lot.”