Last Friday, our Chicas got a special visit from Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez. Laurie competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics as part of the U.S. women's gymnastic team where she took home a gold medal in the team event and silver on the balance beam.
Thanks to Nike, who sponsored the event, girls from our Chicas Youth Development Program were able to hang with Laurie for a few hours, asking her questions and working up a sweat working out with her. Laurie, who is of Puerto Rican descent, had some great advice for our Chicas when it came to reaching for your dreams and feeling empowered as young Latinas.
It was an unforgettable night for all involved. Meeting strong Latinas who have achieved huge goals like winning Olympic gold is vital for the girls in our Chicas Program. We want every single girl in this program to know that she can accomplish anything that she puts her mind to, encouraging every girl to dream BIG.