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⠀ “Many of the children’s physical fitness is very poor now. Although I can’t spend a lot of money to buy equipment for the children, I can create equipment for them with my hands.” - Lin Meizhen At Xianling Primary School, physical activity was at a low point. They needed equipment to motivate the kids, but didn’t have the funding to buy any. Then, one curious PE teacher decided to shift her perspective. #justdoit #madetoplay Find out how you can take action: https://swoo.sh/33BcZ1e
“Everything that was taken from me, every opportunity I was denied... That’s what I want these kids to have.” - @forrestneide ⠀ The five square miles of Capao Redondo, Brazil were once notorious for violence. ⠀ It was here that Neide lost her husband and then her son. After their deaths, she created @projetovidacorrida and discovered a second life as a second mother to an entire neighborhood of children. ⠀ Some thought that violence would always shape the people of Capão Redondo’s story. But through sport, they’ve changed the narrative. #justdoit #madetoplay ⠀ Find out how you can take action: https://swoo.sh/33BcZ1e
“If you're looking to start running, or swimming, or playing baseball, or whatever you want to do, take one step towards that every day. Go out and run a mile, or go look for a pool to jump into. It’s just a matter of taking that first step—because that one step can change everything.” - @wicked.la
“Arielle was 7 when we did a 5k together. We jogged the first mile, and I held her hand thinking she might get lost. Then, at about mile two, I'm dying but she’s got a big smile on her face. So I told her, ‘Go ahead if you want,’ and she just took off. After that, I knew she’d be an amazing runner.” -Angela Avina, Arielle’s mom, on the day Arielle found running. ⠀ #sportchangeseverything
This is what it looks like to be two of the world’s best beach volleyball players #justdoit
“Your team is your family, and it’s for them that you want to play.” ⠀ Kristina left her parents to pursue her dream of playing football for her country. Sharing a bed with her grandma as she trains at her club in Moscow, she’s doing whatever it takes to represent Russia. ⠀ Follow her story in ’Spit Fire, Dream Higher’—our latest collaboration with @adwoaaboah and @gurlstalk.
“In the inner-city, young people see sport as this vehicle to get out the hood, but it’s actually a mechanism to actualize the best version of yourself. ⠀ I’m showing kids that just because you play basketball, you are more than just a basketball player. You are creative. You are anything you wanna be.” - Cesar Martinez #sportchangeseverything
“Football means everything to me. I want to play football forever. I do.” ⠀ Football is Londiwe’s life, keeping her off the streets of Johannesburg and bonded to her teammates with a shared love of the beautiful game. ⠀ Follow her story in ‘Spit Fire, Dream Higher’ – our latest collaboration with @adwoaaboah and @gurlstalk.
This is what it looks like to be golf’s 15x major winner. #justdoit
“When you stop thinking about things that have happened in the past and focus on this moment, you achieve greatness. Your destiny is in your hands.” Precious trains at Right to Dream Academy—the first women’s football academy in West Africa. On and off the pitch, she’s proving that young women can take control of their lives and achieve incredible things. Follow her story in "Spit Fire, Dream Higher"—our latest collaboration with @adwoaaboah and @gurlstalk.
“It’s not just about working out, and it's not just about getting your body to be aesthetically pleasing; it's about being part of something bigger than yourself. We’re creating a new culture together, and it’s changing the trajectory of people’s lives.” -@_tanyalozano Tanya Lozano gave her underserved Chicago neighborhood access to fitness, and the community it created has turned into a movement. #SportChangesEverything