Helping Keep Kids in Sports with D1 Gymnast Kirsten Medeiros

Welcome back to another exciting episode of the Perform Happy Podcast. Today, I am thrilled to bring you an inspiring conversation with Kirsten Medeiros – a former D1 gymnast, coach, and passionate gymnastics mom who is starting a nonprofit dedicated to keeping kids in sports.

In this episode, Kirsten shares valuable insights from her gymnastics journey – lessons learned on the mat and beyond that have shaped her into the empowering gymnastics mom she is today. From the discipline instilled in her during her D1 days to the empathy gained through coaching and motherhood, Kirsten’s experiences are a goldmine of wisdom for anyone navigating the intricate world of gymnastics.

From gymnast, to coach and now a driving force behind a nonprofit with a mission close to her heart. It’s not just about excelling in sports; it’s about ensuring that every child, regardless of their financial circumstances, has the opportunity to pursue their passion and dreams.

As a gymnastics mom herself, Kirsten understands the challenges that many families face in supporting their young athletes. Even if your child loves their sport and shows immense talent, financial barriers can often hinder their progress. Kirsten’s nonprofit aims to dismantle these obstacles, opening doors for aspiring athletes and fostering an inclusive environment where talent can flourish irrespective of financial means.

The nonprofit started when Kirsten couldn’t find a charity dedicated to keeping kids in sports. Unable to find one that aligned with her vision, she took matters into her own hands. Alongside her partners, they established the initiative, a team of lifelong athletes who believe in the power of sports to shape lives.

It’s not just about the physical benefits of sports but about fostering personal growth, resilience, and invaluable life lessons. The unique atmosphere of coaching, teamwork, and learning through failure in a safe space that sports offer can set kids up for success in their future endeavours.

Kirsten passionately emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of normalcy for children, especially in times of crisis. Whether facing the loss of a parent or dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster, having a consistent place like a gym or a soccer field can provide stability and help children retain their identity.

The beauty of Kirsten’s initiative lies in its inclusivity. It’s not about grand gestures; it’s about making a difference in the lives of as many kids as possible. Whether it’s covering the costs for a full year, providing cleats for those who can’t afford them, or assisting with travel uniforms, the goal is clear – keeping kids in the game.

So, if you’re passionate about sports, empowering young athletes, or just looking for some inspiration, this episode is a must-listen.

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Kirsten Medeiros talk about:

00:00 Nurturing Passion, Overcoming Challenges, and Finding Empowerment in Sports.

09:53 How to Navigate Emotional Struggles, Overcome Financial Barriers, and Foster Resilience.

16:27 What is the Lineup Foundation Charity?

22:49 Balancing being a Sports Parent with Self-Care, Embracing Failure and Seeking Support.

“We want to help as many kids as we can stay in the game.” – Kirsten Medeiros

The Lineup Foundation Website: https://www.thelineupfoundation.com/

The Lineup Foundation Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lineupfoundation