Last night Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas earned the right of an elite few having joined the USA Olympic Team in Women's Gymnastics for the second time, a feat that has not been accomplished since 2000. As the oldest member of the gymnastics team, the odds were certainly against Aly Raisman, but through her own determination, and the support of her parents, she kept her eyes on the prize and ultimately her hard work paid off.
Raisman summed up what motivated her to go out for the Olympic team for a second time in saying, "I just want to look back and know that I had no regrets. I didn't want to be sitting on the couch watching the 2016 Olympics thinking, 'What if I'd tried?'"
We've all had moments where we gave up too soon only to feel the pain of regret later. At Be A Mentor we work to empower youth to reach their full potential by matching them with caring adults committed to their success, role models like Aly Raisman found in her parents. Sometimes when we ask children to step outside of their comfort zones it feels, to them, like being stuck on a balance beam. Thankfully, when they have someone to encourage and support them along the way they almost always stick the landing. Some mentees go on to achieve things they deemed impossible before meeting their mentor, and others gain the courage to try again even if they stumble and fall. By encouraging youth, and giving them the guidance and tools they need to succeed, it is our hope that no child in the Lowcountry grows up to look back and think "What if I'd tried?"
Watch the video above to hear more about Raisman's commitment to her craft and her journey on the Road to Rio. To learn more about how mentoring relationships inspire children in your area, please visit our Testimonials page to read what a few of our mentees had to say about their mentors.