Athlebrities favorite female surfer, Bethany Hamilton, will speak at the VantagePoint Church in Eastvale January 22.
Hamilton’s story has been depicted in the inspirational movie ‘Soul Surfer’ after she lost an arm to a shark when she was 13. “She’s become an inspiration for so many people who want to find hope in their lives,” said Mark Lee, lead pastor of VantagePoint. “She was given the option of continuing her surf career or giving up,” he said. “She chose to continue.” Continue reading
Bethany Hamilton & Friends Changing the World?
‘Life can be beautiful for each of us if we look for that beauty. Life is also different for each of us; and we need to realize that. I think that it’s important to find the beauty in yourself and the people around you, and to be thankful for what you do have!’ –Bethany Hamilton
Athlebrities has a new favorite athlete-activist…actually, she’s not new to us but after following her career for a while, we can’t help but think ‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton and friends can really change the world.
Hamilton is a 21-year-old surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack eight years ago. Most people would have given up, but Bethany returned to professional surfing with her story documented in the movie ‘Soul Surfer.’ Bethany has been using her fame to help others through her ‘Friends of Bethany’ Foundation and was nominated for a Do Something Award earlier this year. (Great interview with her HERE)
And this morning, Hamilton, along with actress Anna-Sophia Robb, were in New York as part of the BGC 7th Annual Global Charity Day. Hamilton’s Foundation (FOBH) is one of the recipients this year event that sees BGC’s offices around the world help raise over $10 million for charity.
”My goal in life is to serve and please God and do well in what he has called me to do, which is surf for Him and share His love and hope every chance I get,” said Hamilton via her Facebook page, “Currently my focus is competing in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Star series events. I travel the world surfing these events and try each year to qualify for the ASP Women’s World Tour!”
Bethany supports a number of non-profits, and we here at Athlebrities are so proud to add her to our growing list of young do-gooders who prefer to inspire and give-back rather than tweet about pop-gossip.
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