Coach Andrew Cameron here, and one thing I want to talk about is how people come and people go. But once in awhile, someone comes along who is like the roots of a tree. And those people, you need to hold on to. I first met Amy years ago when she was living in a group home with a few other athletes. It was my first day of taking over as the groups fitness instructor. We were about half way through the session, when out of nowhere, I heard someone giggling. I was looking around and sure enough, there was Amy sitting all by herself, with this huge grin on her face. I had to go see what was so funny. At this time, I did not even know that Amy was a part of the group because she was just sitting there all by herself. I walked up to her and introduced myself and asked her what was so funny. She replied, “I could do that.” I asked, “you could do what?” “All of that,” she replied. When I asked her what she normally did when the group was together, she went about how she normally just sat there and there and threw the occasional tennis ball against the wall. Without hesitation, Amy and myself situated her chair by one of the machines and the two person brain trust got to work. We had to get creative with some of the movements, but that didn’t bother Amy one bit. She executed the movements to the best of her ability, easily outworking everyone else in the group.
Amy quickly became an inspiration to whoever came in contact with her. Especially me. Amy is a prime example of being able to do whatever you put your mind to. She has taught me and others, that if you want something bad enough, you can have it. You just have to go after it like your life depended on it and ignore anyone who says you can’t. Every time I ask Amy if she’s ready, without hesitation she shouts, “OH YEA! I”M ALWAYS READY!” Amy has taught me to believe in myself and even though things may be tough at times, to never give up. When I met Amy, Lions United Fitness Center was still just an idea written on a napkin, but she gave me the courage to move forward with my dream, and the perseverance to keep going when I got knocked off my feet.
All Amy needed was a chance, and she not only transformed into a better version of herself, but she also influenced many to step out of their comfort zones and Lions United Fitness Center has quickly become the transformation center. Lions United has come along way since the doors have opened, but we aren’t finished quite yet. There is some great equipment that will help athletes like Amy ROAR even louder like the Lions they are. With your help, together, we can give our Lions the opportunity to become the best version of what they want to be…not what someone else thinks they should be.
Thank you in advance!