Hall of Fame Gymnast Rising Up The Young, Gifted & Black

Detroit native and U.S. gymnastics Hall of Famer Wendy Hilliard
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Detroit native and U.S. gymnastics Hall of Famer Wendy Hilliard is used to challenging the limitations of what people perceive a gymnast to be. She refuses to be boxed in.

Hilliard made history in 1978 when she became the first Black rhythmic gymnast to represent the U.S. national team.

Then, she made history again in ’95, as the first Black woman (and gymnast) to become president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the leading organization for women’s sports issues.

Now, the New York–based, groundbreaking athlete is setting her sights on furthering the legacy of the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, which empowers more than 25,000 Black and brown youth across some of the most economically diverse cities in the world. Read more.

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