Adopted by her maternal grandparents when she was 3 years old, Simone Biles went on to become a five-time Olympic gold medalist and the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year — evidence that one’s origins do not solely determine the trajectory of life. And that’s exactly the message that Biles sought to share in a new interview with People magazine.
According to the Huffington Post, Biles detailed in the Jan. 16 issue of the magazine her experience in foster care while also discussing her latest partnership with Mattress Firm’s donation drive, which “provides contributions to non-profit foster care organizations.”
Prior to her adoption, the Huffington Post says Biles was born to a mother who suffered from addiction, landing her and her sister in the foster care system. “It’s hard going into the system with hardly anything,” she said, according to HuffPost. “Because even though foster parents may receive a stipend, sometimes it’s not enough to cover all the necessities.”
Now the world’s top gymnast (and one of the most inspirational 19-year-olds around), Biles is not only teaming up with Mattress Firm to help foster kids enjoy sweet dreams while they get a good night’s sleep — and then to wake up and go chase them.
“I came from a foster home and went on to achieve everything I’ve achieved,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I’m just hoping it can inspire other foster kids to never give up and to always pursue your dreams. And to play sports and get good sleep… My message is: ‘There are no limits.'”
Be sure to look out for Biles’ upcoming interview in the Jan. 16 issue of People.