Emily's Figure Skating Nationals

$1,675 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 39 months
Imagine having something you have known and loved all your life nearly slip away from you for reasons beyond your control. Then, in the mist of discouragement, saviors appear to rescue your dreams.

From the age of four, my heart has been dedicated to the unique sport of figure skating and learned to conquer the insecurities that come along with such a drama-filled and competitive sport. Through elementary, middle and the first two years of high school, I have had the additional support of teachers and principals while attending public schools in Deer Park, Texas. They worked with me by sending me my homework and PowerPoints when I left for competitions several times a year, and provided additional support by acknowledging my accomplishments to the classes. Balancing figure skating and school was difficult already and required homework to be done during car rides to the ice rink located an hour away.

However, time came when I had no choice but to leave my supporting teachers and move to Dallas, Texas where opportunity for competitive training was much greater and world-ranked. My new coaches required more time on the ice which meant less time for schooling. As we could not afford private schooling that allowed for fewer in-school hours, I had no choice but to begin homeschooling through the K12 program. At first, I had a difficult time adjusting to online schooling because it was difficult for me to balance time and learn only from online videos. As time progressed, I found inspiration from the amazing athletes here in Dallas and admired how they found ways to balance figure skating and school. Perseverance from other athletes here in Dallas inspired to me to continue on my journey in hopes of accomplishing my goals of becoming a pharmacist in addition to my goals of competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

I hope pass on the inspiration to other athletes and encourage them to try their hardest in achieving goals in both academics and athletics and not let go of their academics due to discouragement and difficult challenges that arise in competitive sports. I am eager to continue pursuing my goals and dreams in both academics at University of Texas at Dallas and athletics in hopes of competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

I am raising money to help fund my trip to U.S. Prudential National championships in North Carolina from Jan.16- Jan. 26. My family has worked hard in providing me with the opportunity compete in two disciplines; pairs and singles which is quite costly and difficult, and I would like to help out as much as I can.

I truly appreciate your support for my goals and dreams and hope you have a blessed day!

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Wow! Thank you everyone for all of your kind words, encouragement and support. I am so grateful for all of the people I've encountered in my life who make a difference in the path I take. I am excited to say that Nationals was a success, and thanks to all of your support, I won the 2015 Novice ladies event in Greensboro, North Carolina!
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Raised by 17 people in 39 months
Created December 3, 2014
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$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
$5
Anonymous
32 months ago
SC
$75
Steve Corry
36 months ago

Go Emily!

$100
Anonymous
36 months ago
PG
$50
PAM GRIFFIN
36 months ago

I am very proud to know you remotely through your Uncle Michael! You are so gifted and beautiful!

TL
$500
Ting-Whai Lee
38 months ago

the world needs more people like you, who make a difference. from: Sun Ray Chinese school schoarship

HH
$25
Harriet Hayes
39 months ago

Emily Best Of Luck. You mom and I worked together and we both named our kids Emily. So proud to see what a beautiful and inspirational young lady you have turned into! YOU can do this!!!

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