A Salute to Olympians
August 7, 2016
Kinship Caregivers Pave Way for Olympic Dreams
We are so proud of all of the athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Rio. Simone Biles, a gymnast on the U.S. women's gymnastics team, is one young lady who has triumphed over adversity thanks to the love and support of her grandparents who took her in when she was just 3 years old.
As reported in the New York Post, Simone's mother battled drug and alcohol abuse and was not able to take care of her young children. Thanks to her grandparents - kinship caregivers - Simone has gone on to wonderful achievements.
At Edgewood, we've helped thousands of youth achieve their own goals of greatness - from scientists, and teachers, to our very own Olympian! In the 1950s, a teen aged girl living in one of our cottages as part of our Residential program, made the 1956 Women's Olympic team thanks to support from her family, and the Edgewood Auxiliary who started a special fund to help cover her expenses to go to the Olympics. She went on to become the youngest competitor in the women's discuss throw at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Three years later, she competed in the Pan-American games and won a silver medal.
At Edgewood, we understand the importance of Kinship caregivers - matter of fact, we started the Kinship Caregivers model more than 20 years ago that today, has become the example for other programs across the country to build their own programs. Read more at: Kinship Caregivers
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