These stories inspire us to keep working toward our goals
and not let anything get in our way.
Figure Skating in Harlem
Translating on-ice confidence into off-ice confidence
Using the artistic discipline of figure skating as a powerful magnet, Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) provides girls in underserved New York City communities with innovative education and fitness programs that promote academic success, physical health and emotional well-being. Their vision is to empower every young girl with the skills and foundation to achieve her dreams.
Sherrie Smith, an alumna of the program, put it this way: “Being a young girl at FSH changed my life. I went from being a shy girl with no confidence to being a finance controller at Goldman Sachs.”
Bethany began surfing with her mom and dad when she was just 2 years old. Bound for surfing glory, she was entering and winning surfing competitions and getting sponsorships at age 9. Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark and lost her left arm at 13. What happened next is the ultimate get up story.
Emery Miller spent a lot of time in the hospital as a kid, going through four open-heart surgeries and countless procedures. Never deterred from his dreams, Emery overcame his childhood illness to become a great athlete. He now shares his experience and empowering message through an annual bear drive that supports thousands of hospitalized kids across the country.
With the Olympic torch in one hand and a cane in the other, Marcia Malsar, a Brazilian track medalist with cerebral palsy, made her way to the next torch bearer during the 2016 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Suddenly her grip loosened, and both she and the flame fell. The crowd rose to their feet and roared with applause as Marcia got back up and finished her relay.
During a family party, flames from a fire pit blew toward 7-year-old Frances Breen, igniting her dress. Frances was airlifted to the hospital where doctors performed life-saving surgery. Chances were high she wouldn’t survive, but during months of her recovery, Frances and her family remained brave and positive and became inspirations for the whole community.
With just over 10 minutes to go in the first half of a tie game, Robby Heil, the water boy for the Novi High School football team, strapped on a helmet and scored the winning touchdown for his team—and also for his mother Debby, who has terminal bone cancer. The touching scene that followed as Debby got to see herson live his dream is a get up moment we’ll never forget.
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