March 08, 2023
Simone Biles and Friends Austin Youth Featured in People Magazine
Olympics gymnast and youth advocate shares support in "Why I Care" article
Simone Biles shares her support for Friends of the Children in the March 13 issue of People Magazine! The world champion gymnast and youth advocate talked to People about her experience with foster care and her work with Friends of the Children. Featured in the "Why I Care" article are photos of Friends Austin youth and staff who had the exciting opportunity to meet her last January.
“I was a foster kid, so I know how hard it is to feel like no one’s there. Those young people will always have a piece of my heart, which is why Friends of the Children is so dear to me,” says Simone in her article.
Simone has been working with Friends of the Children since 2020, when she presented a gymnastics workshop over Zoom with youth at Friends of the Children locations across the country. She has led other Zoom events for Friends of the Children and also invited our organization to be a beneficiary of a recent campaign with Axonius. This past January, Simone hosted youth from Friends of the Children-Austin at her own gym in Spring, TX, celebrating the launch of the new Houston chapter as well as her newest Wheaties box.
Friends of the Children is honored that Simone partners with us to support youth as they follow their dreams and brings visibility to issues including foster care and mental health.
The People magazine article is available online here and in print.