(July 23, 2021 / Germantown, MD / Washington, DC) – Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Dawes, is helping kids learn and understand that healthy living is not just for Olympic athletes. (PHOTO GALLERY BELOW)

The world’s first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal in gymnastics visited Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. She addressed the importance of learning to choose a healthy lifestyle. The past year’s shelter-in-place and remote learning models have changed habits around physical activity and with her visit she wants to deliver a message that self-care is the first step to winning in life. Dominique answered questions and lead the kids in a thirty minute workout.

In addition to countering sedentary behaviors, Dominique spoke to the Germantown Club kids about the importance of education and building confidence.

President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Gabrielle Webster, remarks, “Having someone of Dominique’s athletic caliber be a voice of encouragement for our kids is an invaluable gift.” She continues, “She is a living, breathing history-maker right before their eyes, explaining that choosing a healthy lifestyle and choosing education builds confidence to be and do anything that they desire—if she can do it, they can do it.”

Dominique has been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for over twenty years and has a passion for empowering others. She hopes to leave long-lasting effects on those she inspires.

The interactive event was livestreamed across the country by way of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Clubhouse@Your House; a virtual, digital Club which was set up during the pandemic for members to continue their Club involvement and receive daily homework help. The generous support of Procter & Gamble and CVS made the event possible.