“Everyone deserves the right to be well. It’s just a matter of investing in it.” @nicoleacardoza is invested in helping close the wellness gap. ⠀ Thanks to a donation based yoga class in college, Nicole was able to feel at home in her body for the first time. Ever since, she’s made it her mission to help others experience the same. ⠀ Whether introducing kids to mindfulness in school through @yogaFoster, or investing in underestimated entrepreneurs through @ReclamationVentures, she’s helping change the landscape of wellness for good. ⠀ Because Yoga should not have a type. Yoga is for all.
“It seemed too far, too crazy, too hard. But we never thought it was impossible.” ⠀ Thai superstars @rachwinwong and @artiwara ran over 2,000 kilometers across Thailand – that’s one marathon a day for 55 days – to raise awareness about the country’s healthcare problems. ⠀ But this was not the only finish line out there for them. It’s just the start of their crazy dream to change the world for the better, one run at a time. #justdoit
“If you’ve got a wall in your way, don’t jump over it. Knock it down.” @shaquem_griffin ⠀ Some see an obstacle and go around it. Shaquem goes through it. Collaborating with the team at Nike, a customized football cleat was developed that can provide the opportunity for every athlete do the same. #FlyEase
“We’re brothers, we shared the same room when we were kids. The fact that there were two future players in that same room who would be lucky to have great careers is remarkable.” - @marcgasol ⠀ “It is a lot of fun. We just feel so lucky, you know. That two brothers, doing what we love, at the level that we have achieved, it’s very rare.” - @paugasol ⠀ Pau and Marc Gasol first picked up a basketball in a small suburb of Barcelona, Sant Boi De Llobregat. From here they would start their journey to the NBA, FIBA World Championships and their ultimate goal – inspiring the next generation to live a healthier lifestyle. ⠀ Whether through the Gasol Foundation or Basquet Girona, the Gasol brothers know their legacy is bigger than basketball. ⠀ This is their Birthplace of Dreams. #justdoit
⠀ “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair, in your 80s, or what race or gender you are. Everybody can play tennis.” - @dylanalcott ⠀ Dylan is more than a top tennis player. He has used his success on the court as a vehicle to challenge perceptions about disabled people and push for inclusivity universally. “If you have a body, you really are an athlete,” says Dylan. ⠀ This is how you change the game. #justdoit
“At first, my abuela, she didn’t get it. ‘Dalia, it’s too rough for a girl. Your mom was a cheerleader – why don’t you be a cheerleader?’ Football is where I get my strength. Where I prove that nothing is off-limits. Where I can be whatever I want.” ⠀ Dalia Hurtado’s family had specific expectations of her: Work hard, get good grades, and follow in her mother’s footsteps as a cheerleader. But cheering on the sideline was never an option for Dalia. ⠀ As a kid in Mexico, she was the only girl who would play soccer with the boys, and after moving back to East LA with her abuela, she set her sights on football. At 16, she became the only girl to make the varsity team at her high school. Two years later, she’s inspired more girls to play football at her high school. ⠀ Through football, Dalia is re-writing the story her family wrote for her, breaking through stereotypes, and empowering her community to do the same – one game at a time.
⠀ ⠀ “I was born in Breda, but it's the things I’ve overcome on my journey from there that have made me the player I am today." - @virgilvandijk Virgil Van Dijk was a football-obsessed kid playing on cage courts near his southern Holland home. Years later and with many challenges overcome, he's a European Champion and recognized as the world’s best defender. This is his Birthplace of Dreams. #justdoit
“All dreams come from here, they come from the dust.” - @castersemenya800m Caster’s dream started on the dusty roads of rural Limpopo, on the track in Polokwane and on the podiums of the world’s biggest stages. But before that it started with family, respect and self-belief. Now Caster is starting the dream again with her newly founded athletics club @Masai_AC. This is her Birthplace of Dreams.
⠀ ⠀ “I think it is really important for black women to see themselves in others. We need to start sharing our stories more. We need to find ways to support each other, talk about hair and running because my gosh it’s hard. And also celebrate each other.” - @j_nesi ⠀ The final episode of the Common Thread series with Uninterrupted highlights those who relentlessly go forward together, from the track to the streets. Celebrating the power of sport to create community, inclusivity and sisterhood, athletes @vashtizzle, Jasmine Nesi of @rungrlco, and @sahraisha of @asra.club emphasize how our strides are united, moving through a marathon of collective progress. #BHM #UntilWeAllWin ⠀ 🗣️: Vashti Cunningham 🎥: @childotu
They wanted you to smile more. They wanted you to be more polite. They wanted you to scream a little softer. They wanted you to be less aggressive when you won. They wanted you to walk away when you made mistakes. But instead of just becoming the player the game wanted? You became the player it needed.