It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since Lance Armstrong started the Lance Armstrong Foundation; but as of this week, the foundation now known as LIVESTRONG has been raising awareness and funding cancer research for 15 fruitful years.
I'm sure everyone has their own stories about how or why Lance Armstrong touched their hearts during his seven Tour de France victories, but as someone who was born and raised in Austin, TX, I vividly remember his return to our shared hometown following his first Tour de France win. There were signs everywhere, yellow bikes and jerseys all over the place, and a giant celebratory concert and ceremony down near Town Lake. As a teenager, I stood there in the crowd and saw him walk on stage with his (then) wife and young children, completely amazed at what he had accomplished after all the trials he had been through. That kind of inspiration sticks with you, and I'll never forget the feeling.
Fifteen years later, Lance Armstrong may not be headlining every sports page, but his foundation continues to headline in cancer centers across the country. For that reason I'm taking this opportunity to share with you some of the super-cute pieces of fitness gear from the Nike LIVESTRONG collection. If you've been touched by cancer, or if you know someone who has, hit the Nike LIVESTRONG store in the coming weeks to show your support and help a phenomenal cause.
Laura Williams, M.S.Ed.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Texas State University, Laura Williams focused her career on aquatic and fitness management. Over the course of eight years she moved cross-country three times to take on progressively more difficult roles. She left management in 2010 to finish her master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is now a writer, entrepreneur and the “Sporty Girl CEO” of GirlsGoneSporty. When she’s not working, Laura can be found running her dogs, snowboarding, lifting weights, attempting yoga or watching shamelessly trashy television. Connect with Laura on Google+.