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April Holmes  

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 “Who I Am” 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 “Inspirational Person to Watch For” 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 “Be Great” campaign VH-1 Charm School teacher “Lesson 8: Determination” Kappa Alpha Psi “2009 African- American Woman of Achievement- Athletics” 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 Women’s Correctional Facility Presenter Featured in “Athlete Moments” during International Olympic Committee visit to Chicago 2008: Black Cat award presented by Jordan Brand Guest on NBC’s Today Show Featured Athlete on NBC’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 “April Holmes Day” 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 76’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 Women’s History Tea Keynote Speaker Delaware Women Correctional Facility Women’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 ESPN’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 Shaggy’s “Strength of a Woman” music video Covergirl for Disabled Sports USA Challenge Magazine Summer Issue Finalist for the Casey Martin disability award presented by Nike Wrote excerpt for children’s book “My Brand New Leg” 2002: Honorary Inductee Athlete-Scholar Golden Key International Honor Society Started the April L. Holmes Foundation to assist individuals with disabilities Organized “Yet Still I Rise” 5K race/walk for disability awareness Kaighn Ave. Baptist Church Woman of the Year

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