Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

How A Marathonner Overcame Adversity To Find Happiness

For Hannah Gavios, running the New York City Marathon was truly a case of mind over matter. And in this case, it was a really, really big matter. While traveling in Thailand in 2016, Gavios was attacked by a stranger. In her efforts to escape, she fell off a 150-foot cliff, severely damaging her spine.

After surgery and nearly two months recovering in a New York City hospital, Gavios decided she wanted to try and do the 2019 NYC Marathon – with the help of her crutches.

“I always knew I was a strong person,” Gavios told CNN.”But I didn’t know I was that strong. I also didn’t realize how much of a fighter I was.”

Gavios, who lives in Queens, finished the marathon in under 12 hours, which is truly an amazing accomplishment given all she endured.

“I didn’t expect this many people,” she told the New York Post. “It just shows my city has my back. It means so much that everyone stayed.”

Gavios, who teaches in the New York City school system, is a true role model and a ray of positivity.

“No matter how much you’ve lost in your life, there’s always gains,” Gavios told The Great Big Story.

Gavios not only runs marathons but also teaches yoga.

“I love facing challenges. The more challenges I face, the stronger I become.”

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Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. ⠀

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Sports legends like Wilma Rudolph and Althea Gibson sit atop almost everyone’s list of racial trailblazers in women’s sports, but Tina Sloan Green is another woman who has made a huge impact to sports. Green was the first African-American to play for the U.S. women's national field hockey team and the first women's lacrosse coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, but many consider her biggest impact to be the founding of the Black Women In Sport Foundation in 1992.⠀

#BlackWomenInSportFoundation #BlackWomenInSports #CelebratingBlackWomenInSports #TinaSloan Green

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