This Olympian Is Helping Young Girls Achieve It All
If Michelle Carter never threw the shot put or won an Olympic gold medal, she’d still be a role model and a person you’d want to call a friend. She has a heart as big as her home state of Texas, giving back a lot to the community. She does that with a special camp called, “You Throw Girl.”
“It’s my take on ‘You go, girl,'” Carter told TheRoot.com. “It’s a sports confidence camp to encourage young girls to embrace all of who they are, as a female, and as an athlete. As an athlete, you’re going to have muscles and be built a little different. But you just have to use what you have, and make it the best for you.”
Carter, who is a professional make-up artist and known as the “Shot Diva,” did just that in 2016 when she became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the shot put. The victory gave her a platform to touch the lives of young girls everywhere. Many of them reached out to her through social media
“It helped them realize they have what it takes to accomplish their goals and their dreams,” Carter told The Amsterdam News.
Michelle followed in the footsteps of her father, Michael, who won a silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics before going on to be a 3-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers. But Michelle had anything but a charmed life. She battled ADHD and dyslexia growing up and is now an advocate and mentor for those afflicted with the same things.
“Talking publicly about my ADHD and dyslexia is something I’ve never been shy about,” Carter said in an interview with Understood.org. “I tell kids they can do whatever you set your mind to – you just may do it differently. You may have to work a little harder, but you can do it.”
Carter was on track to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic team again but the coronavirus pandemic pushed the Tokyo Summer Games back until next year. GoodSport looks forward to witnessing her success in years to come!
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