Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a Jamaican-American former track and field athlete who competed internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 meters after finishing third at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Richards-Ross has also won Olympic gold in the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was the best 400 meter runner in the world for a decade, ranking No. 1 in the world from 2005-2009 and again in 2012.
In addition to her Olympic accolades, she is also a seven-time medalist at the World Championships in Athletics (five of which are gold). In 2009, she was the World Champion in the 400 meters.
Why I want to give back
This year [Richards-Ross] told us to really focus on the youth with high need. Some of our students are less fortunate, but for all of them—this is a chance they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.” “I want to give back to the communities that gave so much to my husband & sharing my experience is a way of doing that,” she said.
How will this impact the community
I hope with this program i can provide an inspiration to youth that carry them through there lives. Sometimes we have the opportunity to impact a child’s life & we don’t. At this point of my life, I feel I cant miss out on those opportunities anymore. It is my responsibility to uplift others and share the gift that was shared with me.