Olympic Gold Medalist, Best-Selling Author
Raised with a hard work ethic, which she has honed with a will of steel, April Holmes has redefined what it means to be disabled. Through faith, dedication, consistency and support, she has rewritten the record books, holding the world records in the 100m, 200m and 400.
April was involved in a train accident that resulted in the loss her left leg below the knee. While she lay in her hospital bed, a doctor told her about the Paralympic Games and a new goal was firmly implanted in her mind.
Since her career in Paralympic track & field began in 2002, Holmes has continued to succeed, improving each and every step of the way. Her latest feat includes completing her fifth consecutive undefeated season in the 100 meters, which earned her a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Speed and quickness are her best friends as she continues to break her own world records every season. With a commanding lead over the growing field of competitors, Holmes continues to captivate track enthusiest with her grace and style.
Off the track, Holmes runs the April Holmes Foundation, Inc. a non-profit organization tasked with assisting people with physical and learning disabilities with scholarships and medical equipment. Having recently completed her MBA in Marketing, Holmes plans to use her education to improve the awareness of persons with disabilities.
Notable Keynote Addresses: 2010 Keystone Youth Leadership Conference- Pittsburgh, PA (1,500 youth) 2010 Night of Champions- Azusa Pacific University (4,300 youth) Women's Leadership Forum- Philadelphia chapter (200 women) Boys & Girls Club of America Leadership Conferences (Southwest, Northeast, PacSouth, Northern, Southeast) Brimm Medical Arts Commencement Speaker United States Olympic Committee Leadership Conference AT&T Diversity Awareness Seminar
Honorable Mentions and Other Achievements
2010: Featured Athlete in Nick Jonas video â€œWho I Amâ€
USOC/ Paralympic Mentor
Keynote Speaker Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Fundraising Banquet
Athlete Ambassador United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
2009: Inspiration behind Air Jordan 2009 Signature shoe with APT technology
Upscale Magazine â€œInspirational Person to Watch Forâ€
Inducted into Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame
Chicago 2016 Athlete Ambassador for Olympic & Paralympic Movement
United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Athlete Ambassador
CBS Early Morning Show feature
Boys and Girls Club of America Diversity Awareness Spokesperson for â€œBe Greatâ€ campaign
VH-1 Charm School teacher â€œLesson 8: Determinationâ€
Kappa Alpha Psi â€œ2009 African- American Woman of Achievement- Athleticsâ€
Featured in Sole Collector Magazine
K.I.T. Conference Keynote Speaker
Rowan University Disability Awareness Month Presenter
Brimm Medical Arts High Commencement Speaker
United States Paralympic Mentor
Huron Valley Womenâ€™s Correctional Facility Presenter
Featured in â€œAthlete Momentsâ€ during International Olympic Committee visit to Chicago
2008: Black Cat award presented by Jordan Brand
Guest on NBCâ€™s Today Show
Featured Athlete on NBCâ€™s Universal Sportsnet for US Paralympic Coverage
California Woman of the Year (presented by Congresswoman Horton)
National Spokesperson for Disability Insurance Awareness Month (DIAM)
Mentor of the Year presented by US Paralympic Committee
City of San Diego named September 28, 2008 â€œApril Holmes Dayâ€
South Carolina Special Olympics Anniversary Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Black Girls Rock Inspirational Achievement Award
USOC Leadership Academy presenter
2007: Inducted into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (Athlete)
Philadelphia Sportswriters Assoc. Courageous Athlete of the Year
Hometown Hero Presented by Philadelphia 76â€™ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Honorary Grand Marshall Norfolk State University Homecoming Parade
Honorary Teammate Presented by Philadelphia Flyers Organization
NJ Board of Chosen Freeholders Black History Month Honoree
Delta Sigma Thets Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter Member of the Month (Oct.)
Brimm Medical Arts High Womenâ€™s History Tea Keynote Speaker
Delaware Women Correctional Facility Womenâ€™s History Dedication
2006: Presented Liberty Bell & Proclamation from City of Philadelphia Mayor John Street Named to Board of Directors for Philadelphia 2016 Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, CA Fast Woman of the Year 2005: Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by D.R.U.M. organization Guest on ESPNâ€™s Quite Frankly with Steven A. Smith Featured on Good Morning Philadelphia USOC F.L.A.M.E. Conference Speaker Z-Hope Woman of the Year presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2004: USOC Spirit Award presented by Nu Skin Presented Key to City of Camden and Proclamation Guest on Fox & Friends, CBS Early Morning, Good Day Philadelphia, Shades of Opinion USOC F.L.A.M.E. Teen conference Speaker Paralympic Academy Athens Breakfast Keynote Speaker Conducted running clinic at Walter Reed Medical Center for injured US soldiers from Iraq war NSU Athletic Department Inspiration Award
2003: Featured in Forbes December 22, 2003 Issue USOC F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Amongst Minorities Everywhere) Speaker Featured in R&B artist Shaggyâ€™s â€œStrength of a Womanâ€ music video Covergirl for Disabled Sports USA Challenge Magazine Summer Issue Finalist for the Casey Martin disability award presented by Nike Wrote excerpt for childrenâ€™s book â€œMy Brand New Legâ€ 2002: Honorary Inductee Athlete-Scholar Golden Key International Honor Society Started the April L. Holmes Foundation to assist individuals with disabilities Organized â€œYet Still I Riseâ€ 5K race/walk for disability awareness Kaighn Ave. Baptist Church Woman of the Year
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