This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you ever thought about being an Olympic Athlete? I know I have. I dreamed of being the next top gymnast or figure skater. Unfortunately, I had no role models to help me understand how this dream might be able to come true. In addition, I really had no knowledge of lesser known sports like luge or women’s hockey. Who knows where I’d be now if I knew I could zoom down an ice slide at 80 miles an hour.
So many kids from all walks of life should better understand that they truly can have a chance to become an elite athlete. If they don’t end up as Olympic Athletes, they can still learn amazing life lessons about hard work, perseverance, home-town pride and much more.
Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Nine programs in need. A $500,000 donation from Citi®. Each athlete has partnered with a specific charity. You can make a difference and vote for where the money is donated. Check out the Citi® Every Step of the Way website for more information about each athlete and the charity they represent. They all have amazing stories to share. Here’s an intro video about the program:
Which athlete speaks to you? Who would you want to speak in your community? I’d love to have Erin Hamlin, the luge athlete tell my daughter that anything is possible. Keep up with #EveryStep on Twitter and follow @CitiEveryStep too.
What an amazing program! It is almost impossible to choose the one to talk to – I think all are amazing and also the charities.
I’m not really much of a sports enthusiast and I know that she is no longer playing, but my favorite athlete would have to be Mia Hamm. My hubby LOVES soccer and he is always showing our daughter what a woman can do, by showing her Mia. 🙂
The snow boarders are my favorite right now as my 7 yr old did a school project on it.
This is a really great program! I think Picabo Street would be a great role model for our daughters she speaks of strength and its really need in the world to hold your confidence.
Thta is very powerful – a total good vibe for the kids
I think it’s great Citi has teamed up with these athletes to provide positive role models for children in athletics. I, too, thought about aspiring to such greatness as a child but had no idea how to even begin to tackle those dreams!
I’d love to talk to Meryl Davis and Charlie White – they’re UM students and I’m an alum.
I remember watching the gymnastics Olympic competitions when I was younger. When my parents would leave me home alone I would do cartwheels through the living room, I wanted to do all those things they did but knew I’d end up in the hospital if I tried lol. Unfortunately where I grew up, there wasn’t anywhere that I could have learned to be a gymnast even if I could have afforded to. I would love to speak with any of them :).
Would love to speak to any of them but probably the hockey play because it is one of our favorite sports.