This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE. #spons
Imagine if you will growing up watching your older sisters play a sport that your whole family loves. With a dream that one day that you will also be able to play it, you spend hours with your sisters practicing outside, being a goalie for all their kicks.
Waiting for that day you will be able to play for your school’s team. Then to be told, the first year that you are eligible to play that you can’t because you were diagnosed the year before with Epilepsy. Heartbroken you sit and watch your classmates play soccer determined that one day you will be out there on that field playing for your school.
The second year you are eligible comes around, and you hear the most wonderful words from your doctor. You are cleared, and you can play soccer for the school this year. But avoid all headers.
This is the story of my youngest daughter, Gracie. She has faithfully attended her sisters’ games waiting patiently for the day that she could play on a team of her own. Her years of defending the goal for her sisters are paying off. She is living her dream. But this dream did not come easily to her. It came with a total lifestyle change- eating right, getting enough sleep, taking her medicines and making sure that she reads all the clues that her body gives her.
It has been a struggle for sure. There were days that she would cry with my arms wrapped around wanting to know why she couldn’t be like others and play sports. Wanting to know why she was different? The smile that she now sports on her face is worth all the pain that she went through. Her journey to play soccer wasn’t an easy one, but it was one that has taught her that if she wanted to achieve something she would have to work at it.
Just like every other athlete has a story, this is Gracie’s. With that said Gracie is realizing her potential that is in all of us. She just had to work harder to achieve it. She has learned that no matter what we achieve in life – we all start in about the same place- wanting to play. There is always an obstacle that we need to overcome. After all, we all were #justakid from somewhere. Powerade believes that when athletes are motivated, they can reach their full potential and one day become the athletes they admire. Just like Gracie looks up to her older sisters, Maddie,
and also Carolina Railhawks player, Connor Tobin.
And what better way for an athlete to fuel their dreams of being #justakidfrom then to drink POWERADE. It is available for a low price and comes in a variety of flavors.
And right now at Walmart when you purchase two 8-packs of 20 oz. POWERADE, you can go online and submit your receipt to order a FREE custom “Just A Kid” sports bottle. This offer is good until April 4, 2016, or while supplies last.
So hurry and grab your POWERADE and then submit your receipt here. So what are waiting for? After all, we are just a kid from somewhere!!!! If you miss out you can also represent your somewhere with custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features where you’re from here. All net proceeds from the sale of “Just a Kid” apparel goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.