We’d like to introduce you to one of our newest Athlete Ambassador, a gal who is rocking the beach volleyball world and beyond, April Ross!
Before you meet April at our 4th Annual Cocktails for a Cause on April 17th, in Manhattan Beach (you are going, right?), let’s get to know this Olympic Silver Medalist!
What inspired you to get involved with Kids Play International?
I’m passionate about giving back. There are so many people who’ve helped me along my journey, I feel it’s my duty to pay it forward and since the best way I know how is through sports I thought Kids Play International was a perfect fit for me. I love their mission and anyway I can help in underprivileged communities and especially help women and kids in those communities I’m drawn to the cause.
How did playing sports help you become the woman you are today?
Oh my gosh, I cannot even begin to imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t been playing sports my whole life! I think it was crucially important as a young girl, it gave me confidence, taught me teamwork, drive, instilled a sense of competitiveness and a great work ethic, it showed me what can happen if you NEVER give up. It also promoted the idea of gender equality in my young mind, at recess I was right there competing with the boys and often times beating them or at least proving I was better than them, it just became normal. I credit playing sports as a close second to my parents in shaping who I am today.
My proudest athletic moment:
My proudest athletic moment was winning our semi final match in the Olympics against the number one seed and best team in the world at the time, Brazil. Then standing on the podium with our other American team and hearing the national anthem play, not a lot can compare to competing in the Olympics.
The theme song of my life:
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
One thing that most people don’t know about me is:
I love to make things with my hands- clothes, scrap books, furniture, food, music.
I am happiest when:
I’m surrounded by nature, peace, and quiet, with a great book and possibly a fire. I’m also really happy cooking and eating a great meal with my loved ones 🙂
My favorite quote:
I have so many, but my favorite it definitely “The journey is better than the End” by Cervantes. Remembering to live in the moment is one of the most important things to do on a daily basis.
Let’s Follow & Support April!