Say "Hello!" to Allyson and learn how she is inspiring the next generation of girls (including her daughter, Cammy) through creativity, sport, and play.
Hello Allyson! Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Allyson Felix: Hey I’m Allyson Felix, I’m an Olympic sprinter. I’m gearing up to try and make my 5th Olympic team. And I’m a long time Hello Kitty fan.
What inspired you to become a professional athlete?
Allyson Felix: I was inspired to become a professional athlete really by just falling in love with my sport. I went out for it in high school and really just to meet new people and I completely fell in love and found that this was for me.
Do you have any advice for young girls who aspire to become a professional athlete like yourself?
Allyson Felix: To all my young girls who want to be pro athlete, I would tell you to try all the sports, find out what you’re passionate about and what you absolutely love and pursue it with all your heart - there are no limits to this!
Why is it so important for young girls to participate in sports?
Allyson Felix: I’d encourage all young girls to participate in sports. It teaches you so many lessons, things like work ethic, working on a team, dealing with disappointment, all lessons that that you can apply to all different avenues of life, whatever you choose to do.
What’s your favorite Hello Kitty moment?
Allyson Felix: So, one of my favorite Hello Kitty moments is when Hello Kitty Con came to Los Angeles, and I got to attend. I had the best time seeing all the exhibits and the history. I was just in heaven!