Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles recently traveled to Anaheim, California to inspire some of Orange County’s foster youth. She and her mother took the stage to talk and answer questions as a part of the 13th annual 44 Women for Orangewood Foundation Scholarship Luncheon that took place on June 9 in the Disneyland Hotel ballroom. The event was able to raise at least $250,000 as they did last year and provide scholarships to over 250 students who are foster youths with scholarships ranging in amounts of anywhere between $500 and $10,000. It was a very motivating and emotional gathering for everyone who participated and a very successful turnout of attendees.
The Columbus, Ohio native was raised by her grandparents and recently graduated her homeschooled high school program in 2015 with plans to attend UCLA. However, once she made the Team USA gymnastics team he opted to defer her education until after the Olympics were over in the summer of 2016. Biles began her gymnast career at the age of 14 in 2011 and began to enter in competitions all over the world. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics she took home four gold medals and one bronze, which is a great accomplishment for someone her age.
Biles recently showed up at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California on Friday, June 9 to inspire many of Orange County’s foster youth through her own story of being in the foster care system. It was a very emotional experience for everyone, yet extremely motivating as well.
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