Simone started off in a fatherless home, a mother addicted to drugs, her brothers and sisters and her were all in foster care all before she was six years old. But, love stepped in through her grandparents and aunt and the kids were adopted. Many children wouldn't survive well in those circumstances.
How did Simone become an elite champion? Her talents were recognized by Aimee Boorman when Simone was just six. Boorman coached Simone and the long lasting relationship gave America a record breaking champion. There are five qualities I picked out in Simone that I thought were worth passing along to you:
Simone is a young shining star, an elite athlete and someone to be admired for her accomplishments at such a young age. However, it was the team standing behind her that she gives credit. First she gave all the credit to God for her accomplishments and pointed to the champion Jesus Christ who conquered death. She honored her loving grandparents who she now calls mom and dad. And she stuck with a coach who helped her find strength, stability and the heart of a champion.