Olympic Medalists Inspire Individuals

November 3, 2017 | Featured, News

The first annual Sports Day kicked off with The FREE Players Ensemble performing the “Star Spangled Banner.” Derrick Adkins spoke first, captivating the audience with tales of how he worked hard and practiced consistently to rise to the ranks of being a gold medal Olympic champion. Following his touching story, Gold Medalist Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Monroe explained to the crowd how she managed to make a name for herself in a sport that is predominantly male. Both agreed that the key to their success was perseverance and never giving up. Although it may have taken them many years of practice, they are now gold medal winners, and no one can ever take that away from them. After, Yo-Yo and her teammate, Anthony Jones, professional handball player, gave demonstrations and lessons on how to play both handball and pickle ball. Once the rules were explained and our Individuals got a feel for the sports, Yo-Yo and Anthony brought members from the audience onto the playing field where they got to practice with these extremely talented athletes. The day concluded with a raffle, where people won handballs and pick balls signed by Yo-Yo.

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