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Turning Adversity into Inspiration

Believe in it®

"Having something to train for and goals keeps you going. 
It gives you a reason to wake up because sometimes it's tough.
" - Brett

From an early age, Brett Gravatt's dream was to play Div I College Soccer. His hard work paid off when he signed with Akron and then transferred to Penn State. His sophomore year he scored an incredible game winning goal that sent his team to the second round of the National Tournament. 

It was the last goal he would ever score in his soccer career. 

A couple weeks later he was in a snowboarding accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Brett went through months of extensive rehab to learn how to live in a wheelchair.

When he returned to Penn State he turned his focus toward achieving new goals. He started competing in wheelchair racing and has already had a lot of success. He is training to compete in marathons and the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. 

"We all have our struggles. It's just you can physically see mine."

Through his perseverance and positive attitude, Brett has become a symbol of inspiration to everyone who hears his story. Brett is using the Believe in it® Attitude to keep himself inspired as he works hard to achieve his "it"!

Turning Adversity into Inspiration

Bonus: If you have ten minutes I strongly recommend watching the in-depth version of his story here


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This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Carlos Valencia. He is rocking his #Believeinit shirt during his flight. Thanks for being a Believe in it® Customer Carlos!


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Believe in it Customer Overcoming Adversity

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Meet Hannah Jones, she is a junior soccer player at Oakridge High School in Michigan. This past fall she tore her ACL in the second to last game of the season. Hannah's goal is to be ready to play her Senior year, but to get there she has a long, painful road of rehab ahead.

As challenging as the physical rehab will be; it's the mental affect of an injury that is often the most difficult to overcome. Hannah who is using the Believe in it® attitude to help keep herself inspired seems to be handling the physical and mental recovery process well.

Her coach said "Hannah's work ethic and positive attitude in the face of this injury is an inspiration to her teammates." 

The Believe in it® team wishes you the best Hannah! Keep working hard to achieve your "it" of being ready to play senior year.


Believe in it® Spotlight


This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Trish Newman.
She ran the Huntsville Marathon in her #Believeinit tank!

Thanks for being a
Believe in it® Athlete Trish!


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Becky Hammon: Game Changer

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This week's story is about Becky Hammon.  This year she became the first woman to not only coach but win the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs.

Becky says she has always had an "under dog mentality" which has helped her overcome many challenges.  Becky is humble, confident and authentic.  She is a great role model for young girls or anyone working hard to achieve their dreams. 

Watch Becky's Story

 
 

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This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Laura Gomez.  
She is wearing her #Believeinit shirt at the Grand Canyon.  
WOW she is close to the edge!

Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Laura!


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Dogs lend a helping paw to save..

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..other dogs!!  It is not always a dog eat dog world.

 
 

This week's feel good story is about doggie blood donors. Just like us humans, dogs also need blood transfusions to survive operations. Fortunately, doggie heroes come to the rescue during times of need.

My favorite part of this video is how proud the dog's mom (human mom) is that her dog is able to help save lives. Good deeds come in all shapes and sizes and in this case it is a cute, four legged furry one. 

Click to Watch this Story

 
 

Believe in it® Spotlight

This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Glenn and Payton Dally.  They wore their #Believeinit shirts during a charity run in Sugarland, TX for Huntington's Disease. 

Thanks for being Believe in it® Athletes!


Motivational Quote

"A river cuts through rock,
not because of its power
but its persistence."

Be patient and enjoy the process of
working hard to achieve your "it".  

Small improvements daily = big improvements over time!

Miracle in Miami

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Imagine dedicating your life to the pursuit of one dream, achieving that dream and then having it ripped away from you.  Meet Hunter Knighton. His dream was to be a Division I college football player.  He thought he had achieved his dream when he joined the University of Miami.

During the off season in 2014, Hunter collapsed on the training field and was rushed to the hospital.  Twelve days later he awoke from his medically induced coma into the realization he may never play football again. 

He told his mom, "I came to Miami to be a player, not a patient. I am going to play again." 

Watch Hunter's fight to take back his dream!

 
 

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This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Tim Runion.  
He is wearing his #Believeinit shirt in Las Vegas.  Vegas Baby Vegas!

Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Tim!


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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
” - Henry David Thoreau 

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - U10 Green

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Shout out to Coach Joe and the young men of the Club Ohio United U10 Green Soccer team from Ohio for having a great Team Sponsorship.  They start and end every practice by cheering "Believe in it®" as a team!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Superheroes Helping Sick Kids

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This uplifting story is about a group of high school kids that have a special power: creating happiness. 

They came up with the idea to dress like superheroes and visit sick kids in the hospital.  They might be dressed up like well know superheroes but the real heroes in this story are the extraordinary people wearing the costumes and the kids they visited. 

Watch the magical moments they created here!

 
 

Believe in it® Spotlight

This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Troy, TJ and Jadyn Firman.  Jadyn was rocking her pink Believe in it® shirt while they were zip-lining! 

Thanks for being Believe in it® Athletes!


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"There lives in each of us a hero awaiting the call to action." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

A Small Player with the Heart of a Lion

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Imagine this, your dream is to play in a high school football game.  Seems like a modest dream, right?  Now imagine that you are 4 feet 5 inches and only 100 lbs. 

Meet Adam Reed, a small kid with a BIG heart.  Adam is a senior running back at American Heritage High School.  He is the smallest player on the field but all his teammates look up to him because he is one of the hardest working players on the team.
 

Watch Adam's Larger than Life Story Here

 
 

Adam was asked, "What made him think he could do it?". He confidently responded, "Nothing ever told me I couldn't".  Now imagine someone is asking why you think you can achieve your goal.  How are you going to respond? 


Believe in it® Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Sean and Owen Barber.  They wore their Believe in it® shirts while hiking the great outdoors!

Thanks for being Believe in it® Athletes Sean and Owen!


Motivational Quote

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  - Thomas Jefferson

The Traveling Piano Man - His Amazing Journey

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Imagine this, you wake up every day and go to a job that is not fulfilling. You are just putting in your time and waiting for something better to happen. Except it never does, so on and on you go living a life that doesn't make you happy.

Now meet Dotan Negrin.  He is the traveling piano man. He has traveled with his piano all across the world to play in front of strangers in the most unusual of locations.  Why is he doing this?  Well, before he was the "Traveling Piano Man".  Dotan was an average guy with an average job.

Watch his amazing journey here.
It is worth the 2 minutes. 

 
 

Even though he has barley broken even through tips and donations. Dotan said this about his decision, "I wanted to wake up every morning excited to see what would happen next".  Dotan discovered his purpose and is achieving his dream.  Shouldn't we all wake up each morning also excited to see what will happen next?


Believe in it® Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Yael Averbuch and her FC Kansas City teammates.  They wore their Believe in it® shirts during their trip to the NWSL Championship.. AND they WON!!

Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Yael!


Motivational Quote

"When writing the story of your life.
Don't let anyone else hold the Pen.
" - Harley Davidson

The Story of Team Hoyt - A Father’s Love

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Have you heard the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt?

It is a story of sacrifice and triumph.  A story of a fathers love that has no limitations or boundaries.  It is a story that will lift your heart and make you rethink what it means to live a fulfilled life.  Dick and Rick have become an inspiration to so many over the past thirty years.  

Watch their story here!

Based on his racing accomplishments, Dick Hoyt could have been an elite runner on his own.  According to him though, "He doesn't have the desire to run by himself.  His son Rick inspires him and motivates him."  If we want to achieve great things like Dick and his son then we also need to find what inspires and motivates us.


Believe in it® Spotlight

This week's Believe in it® Spotlight is Bradnt Bronico.  
He is one of the top players on the UNC Charlotte men's soccer team.  

Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Brandt!


Motivational Quote

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it
then I can achieve it.
" - Muhammad Ali 

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Express

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Shout out to Coach Andrew and the young ladies of the Express Soccer team from California for having a great Team Sponsorship.  They did a great job posing for this photo too! 

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Waltham Hawks

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Shout out to Coach Charles and the young ladies of the Waltham Hawks Volleyball team from Waltham, MA for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season ladies!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Small Act of Kindness Felt ACROSS the World

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How far can a small act of kindness travel?  If you ask Chris Rosati he will tell you around the world.  Chris has ALS which has left him in a wheel chair and is taking away his ability to speak.  This did not stop Chris from dedicating the rest of his life to making the world a better place!

Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect?  It is a physics concept that states a butterfly flapping its wings could create a hurricane on the other side of the world (in theory).  This is what lead Chris to ask the question, just how far can a single act of kindness travel? 

Find out how his act of kindness traveled
across the world here!

When Chris was asked what he would do now that he has proven the Butterfly Effect. He said, "Oh man, you get a whole lot of butterflies to flap their wings." 

Every action you make carries with it the potential to become something great.  It is easy to overlook how powerful of an impact our actions can have on this world. Often it is the smallest of actions that have the biggest affect on those who need them. 

- Story provided by CBS News


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Lauren O'Nan.  She is rockin her #Believeinit shirt in Rosemary Beach, FL for a bachelorette Party.  Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Lauren!


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"We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone." - Ronald Reagan

From 2 Leg Amputee to 2 Time Gold Medalist

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Pictured above is Josh Pauls.  He was born without tibia bones and had his legs amputated at 10 months old. Despite this tragedy Josh was destined to be great.  

He started playing sled hockey as a kid.  He told CBS reporter Meg Oliver, "It was one of the first times he was just like anyone else.  Nobody is limited once you get on the ice."

Josh become the youngest player ever to make the US Men's Sled Hockey Team. He has now won two gold medals and three world championships. By the way, he is only 22!

During the summer, Josh coaches hockey players in New Jersey that do not have disabilities.  When asked what it is like to coach kids without a disability Josh said, "Hockey is hockey. Their standing up and I'm sitting down.  That is really the only difference".

It is powerful to witness the strong impact he has on the players he coaches.  Josh transformed his disability into a beacon of inspiration for all hockey players, disabled or not, that want to be great.  It does not matter how severe the disability or challenge you are dealt.  If you believe in your goal and work hard to achieve it.  Anything is possible. 

Watch the inspiring video produced by CBS News here.


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Erik Soine and his two children.  They are helping their dad work out by providing some extra weight and inspiration.  
Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Erik!


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"If you want to look good in front of thousands,
you have to outwork thousands in front of nobody."
 
- Damian Lillard

Surprise Scholarship for Walk-on Trevor Sweeney

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Trevor Sweeney is a junior on the Division I Western Michigan Broncos Football team. Trevor turned down Division II offers to be a walk-on for the team he grew up cheering for. It took him years to go from the scout team in practice to the Special Team's leader on the field.

At the end of a practice he was surprised with a full ride scholarship for his hard work.  The way he received the news could not have been executed any better.  Well played Broncos, well played.

Coach P.J. Fleck said, "It's that simple. He shows it every single day and he's consistent. He's way past deserving of this."

Trevor said it wasn't about earning a scholarship, "I just wanted to play. The biggest thing for me was about the team. How could I help the team out?".

Like Trevor, we don't always know when the reward will come for our hard work.  If this story is an example of anything, it is that you can be confident the wait will be worth the reward. 

Keep believing in your "it" and putting in the hard work it takes to achieve your goal.  

Watch the 2 minute video released by the Broncos here!


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Allison Schenk.  She is wearing her #Believeinit shirt while watching her daughter Sydney's championship soccer game.  Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Allison!


Motivational Quote

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an
unbeatable combination for success.”
– Napoleon Hill

Mission to Deliver Smiles

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Six year old Jaden Hayes has already had to cope with the death of his parents.  His dad died when he was four and his mom recently passed away in her sleep.  Jaden said after finding his mother, "I tried and I tried and I tried to get her awake -- I couldn't".

Jaden is deeply upset and heart broken by the death of his parents.  He told reporter Steve Hartman "Anybody can die, just anybody,".  Jaden could easily have become overwhelmed and consumed by his grief. Instead he has taken a much different approach. 

He told his aunt Barbara, who he is living with, that he is tired of seeing so many unhappy people on the streets.  This is when he got the calling to go on a mission to deliver smiles. That's right, something so simple yet so powerful to those that receive it.  His goal is to deliver 33,000 smiles.  How is he planning on bringing all those smiles to strangers?

Find out by watching the video created by CBS News here!

Jaden might be young in age but his experiences have given him a unique perspective on life.  He has every reason to be depressed and feel as if there is no happiness in the world.  Instead, he has found a purpose, his goal, to bring happiness to others.  We all have our reasons to be unhappy in our present situation.  If six year old Jaden can find the courage to keep a positive attitude through tough times than so can we.


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This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Patrick Daubert.  He is a staff member at a summer camp in California and wore his #Believeinit shirt.  Thanks for being a Believe in it® Athlete Patrick!


Motivational Quote

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Friend Ever?

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A lot of young girls like to make bracelets for fun. Nine year old Bethany Walker has fun making bracelets too but she started making them for a more important reason.  She makes bracelets as a way to raise money for her best friend, Anne Marie.

Anne Marie has a rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. The disease will cause her to break out into blisters if you even lightly touch her.  This makes it challenging for her to play with friends and live a normal lifestyle. There is no cure for this disease but a salt water pool is suppose to be a great treatment for healing the blisters. 

Bethany created "Bracelets by Bethany" as a way to raise money for her friend. She has been selling them on Facebook to generous people all across the nation. Bethany was able to raise enough money to help Anne Marie's family build a salt water pool in their back yard.  Anne Maria said, "spending time with my family" is her favorite part about having the pool. 

This story is a reminder that the power of friendship transcends age. Bethany took action when she knew her friend needed help.  Bethany believed she could make a positive difference and was not afraid to act on that belief.  Don't let fear keep you from taking the action needed to help those in your life.


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

 
 

This week's Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight is Carlos Barahona.  He was born in Puebla, Mexico and now lives in Birmingham, AL.  He has been working hard on completing his MBA!  Keep studying Carlos! 


Motivational Quote

“The first step before anybody else in the world believes it,
is that you believe it.” - Will Smith

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - Alabaster Assault

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Shout out to Coach Ashley and the young men of the Alabaster Assault Soccer team from Alabama for having a great Team Sponsorship.

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Believe in it® Team Sponsorship - GSC Boys Blast White

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Shout out to Coach Simon Possin and the young men of the GSC Blast White Soccer team from Illinois for having a great Team Sponsorship.  Fun to see the parents getting involved in the action too!

This group represents the Believe in it® Attitude!  They know if they Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible.

Thanks for sharing the Believe in it® attitude Coach!  Best of luck in the rest of your season!

Are you interested in a Believe in it® Team Sponsorship?
Find out more details here.

Lauren Hill: Her Last Game - Playing for a Purpose

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Watch ESPN's Video about Lauren's Story Here.

In 2013, during her senior season, Lauren Hill, committed to play basketball for Mount St. Joseph University.  A couple weeks later she started to feel weak, dizzy and occasionally numb.  Soon after that she received the diagnoses that she had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctor said she had two years at best. 

Lauren hoped for a miracle as she continued to play the rest of her high school season.  That miracle never came. Instead came a new purpose for her life.  Lauren's doctor told her pediatric brain cancer is under funded and needed a face.  Lauren accepted her calling to become the face and voice of all kids who are battling cancer. 

Despite her terminal illness, Lauren still wanted to attend college and play on the basketball team.  A big moment for every college athlete is their first game, but for Lauren it held more meaning than most of us could ever imagine.

Lauren's goal was to play in a college basketball game. This was a courages and inspiring goal that would help her raise awareness and support for cancer research. Lauren was showing the world that just because you are dying does not mean you have to stop living. On November 2nd, 2014 Lauren played her first college game in front of a 10,000 seat arena that sold out in less than an hour.  

The expression on Lauren's face as her name gets called over the loud speaker will have you smiling through your tears. You can see this is so much more to her than a basketball game.  It represents a purpose and fulfillment to a life that has been cut short.  Lauren said "Today was the best day I have had probably in my entire life.  Today I wanted to play basketball and that is what I did". 

Lauren passed away on April 10th, 2015.  Her  non profit has raised over one million dollars  for cancer research. Lauren had to over come  many obstacles to achieve her goal.  Let her  story inspire you to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goal. 


Believe in it® Athlete Spotlight

This weeks Believe in it® Athlete spotlight is Rondo from Sacramento, CA.
He is rockin his Believe in it® shirt well! 


Motivational Quote

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” - Helen Keller