Please Vote for Shannon Miller Foundation’s Video to win a USOC $12k Grant!

7 Sep

 

The Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club Up for National Grant and Needs Jacksonville’s Support

 JACKSONVILLE, FL, Sept 2, 2011 – The U.S. Olympic Committee has chosen the Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club as a finalist to be voted upon through Facebook for a $12,000 grant. The Shannon Miller Foundation is the only finalist from Florida in the “Friendship” category.

“Winning this grant would mean another 3,000 children in the Jacksonville community would be served by our in-school running clubs. The SMF Running Club provides free programs for children ages 5-14 teaching leadership skills, goal setting and a lifelong love of physical fitness,” states Shannon Miller. “With the click of a button you can spread the word for everyone to vote for this terrific program. Please share this information on your social media outlets, email, etc. to help the greater Jacksonville area’s children have fun while being fit.”

Voting begins today and runs through the 18th. To vote, you must first “like” the US Olympic Team, and then you can vote once per category, per day. By 11:59:59 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 18, the two videos in each category with the most votes will receive the $12,000 grant.

Follow the link below to see the Shannon Miller Foundation’s Finalist Video and Vote.

http://www.facebook.com/USOlympicTeam?sk=app_135553126535224

For the official USOC Press Release:

http://pressbox.teamusa.org/Pages/Finalists-for-Team-USA-Grants-announced–winners-to-be-determined-by-fan-voting-on-Facebook-Sept–7-18.aspx

ABOUT SHANNON MILLER FOUNDATION

As a response to the epidemic of childhood obesity, the Shannon Miller Foundation is working to increase physical activity for America’s youth. The Shannon Miller Running Club is a program that is utilized in public and private schools and other organizations that serve children. Children spend 30 minutes or more a minimum of twice each week, running, skipping and, walking. Anything works as long as they are moving forward under kid power.! At various milestones (5 miles, 10 miles, 26.2 miles, etc.) they earn a chain for their backpack and colorful tokens to wear on it. In addition to the token incentives, the children earn praise, self-confidence, and an increased level of fitness.

In it’s first year, 2011, SMF served 3,000 children who participated in this 12 week program. The result was leaner bodies, fresher minds, calmer spirits, and a love of being physically active. Many children realized their potential as leaders and athletes for the first time.

ABOUT SHANNON MILLER

Shannon Miller is the only American to rank among the top ten all-time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame twice (individual 2006 and team 2008). She is the only US gymnast to win two world all-around titles. Her tally of five medals (two silver, three bronze) at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the 1996 Games in Atlanta, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US women’s first ever team gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured gold on the balance beam.

Miller is now President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, as well as an author, television personality, and host of Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio presented by St. Vincent’s HealthCare. She holds a BBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. She founded the Shannon Miller Foundation dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and is Co-Chair of the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

Miller continues to travel the country as a highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children. Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child John “Rocco” on October 28th, 2009.

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Are Angels Real? Yes.

5 Sep

There are times in my life when I really feel sorry for myself or I wonder, “God, why am I here?” What is my purpose if I can never open my eyes wide enough to see “my calling?”

I think most people ask themselves that. Often? Maybe some only once or twice. It doesn’t matter how many times it’s asked; it matters because it is asked at least once- by all.

Curlette and her friendWell, last Thursday night at St. Vincent’s Healthcare’s Ladies Night Out with guest speaker Shannon Miller, I realized what my “calling” is, and for a split second, I was calm and assured of myself. Of course when I got home to explain it to my boyfriend, I got flustered again by trying to explain myself, but now I know it wasn’t meant to have the same effect on him as it did me. God sent me my own sign that was meant to reassure me- not him nor anyone else. You just have to look for yours and know it when you see it.

I will tell you the story that Curlette (the woman on the left) told me to give me this feeling:

One morning- I believe it was 9 years ago- Curlette woke up bleeding in her bed, which she thought was just a random, offbeat menstrual cycle. So, she made a doctor’s appointment to make sure everything was okay. Her doctor told her it was nothing to worry about. There was nothing abnormal detected. However, one week later, she woke up to her bedsheets being drenched in blood, in which her young son thought she was dead. He called 911 and Curlette was on her way to the hospital where she received over two pints of blood.

The next morning, a woman came into her room. This was a little, old white woman who said she was from the cancer society. Curlette froze when those words were uttered, since she hadn’t been diagnosed by a doctor or nurse yet. Curlette asked why she was here, and to her shock, the woman stated, “Well, Curlette, I’m sorry, but you have uterine cancer. It’s gonna be okay, though, because we’re here for you.” As Curlette proceeded to scream and cry as she called her mother, the woman, who was the sweetest kindest woman Curlette had ever met she said, just held her and gave her words of encouragement.

As the woman turned to leave some time later, Curlette waited for the doctors to come in. She was angry that they had not told her first! When they did arrive however, they wondered why she was in such a rage- they still didn’t know her results. “How can you not?” she exclaimed. “That woman from the Cancer Society already came!” No one understood what she was talking about. Her tests were not ready yet, and there was no record of any visitor to Curlette’s room. There was no woman they said that could have possibly told you that.

The next few hours into the late evening though, they did receive her test results, and there was another visitor to Curlette’s room. This time it was her nurse who said, “Curlette, we don’t know how to tell you this…” Curlette just said she already knew. She in fact did have uterine cancer. They would have to do an emergency surgery to remove it. She would undergo radiation as well to remove the rest of it.

I asked Curlette if she was a religious woman. I myself am a newly converted Catholic, so I am very intrigued by all this. She said yes. I said what did she think of all that when it was happening. She just said, “I don’t know if I would be alive right now if I hadn’t met that woman. The doctors’ words were less than loving, and I had no family that could take care of me and my son. I just knew that the woman wasn’t lying to me. I knew they were going to be there for me.”

“Okay, now who are “they”? I assume you mean the angels and God? ”

“Call it what you want. That woman was my angel for me that day. She saved my life.”

Do I believe in angels. Yes.

Do I really believe in them now? Yes. I think certain people are put on this Earth to teach you something. I believe Curlette did that that for me just like that one woman (whose name Curlette never remembered) did for her. Curlette didn’t know my inner battle that I’d been having with myself, but God put her there in front of me that evening to let me know He was there for me.

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