Daryl Homer, Laurie Hernandez, and David Boudia announced on Team Toyota

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For Team Toyota, mobility is more than just physical, it’s facing challenges and chasing dreams. In advance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toyota welcomes 14 new Team USA athletes and hopefuls and three returning U.S. Paralympians to Team Toyota.
 
From breaking down barriers to defying the odds and overcoming physical limitations,
Team Toyota’s newest group of athletes have challenged the status quo and inspire people across the world to do the same.
 
“Whether it’s here in the United States or on the global stage, these Team Toyota athletes inspire others to believe in their own strength, determination, and ability to achieve their dreams,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “As the Human Movement Company, we have an opportunity through these athlete partnerships to show people that no matter the challenge, when a person is free to move, anything is possible.”
 
After launching its global “Start Your Impossible” campaign prior to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Toyota has continued to emphasize its commitment to creating an ever-better society through the freedom of movement. In partnering with Team Toyota athletes, the company has been able to share in this dedication and encourage others to do the same.
 
“Each athlete has overcome his or her own limitations and provides a unique voice to our mobility message,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, Olympic and Paralympic marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “By partnering with these incredible individuals, we’re not only able to support them throughout their Olympic and Paralympic journeys, but we’re also able to connect with people around the world and tell our Toyota story.”
 
In addition to the 14 Team USA athletes and hopefuls who have joined Team Toyota, U.S. Paralympians Oksana Masters, Brad Snyder and Jarryd Wallace also continue to represent Toyota heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
 
“I could not be more proud or excited to have Toyota by my side as I prepare for Tokyo,” said Oksana Masters, a four-time U.S. Paralympian. “Toyota is committed to providing mobility for all and that’s something that is very personal to me. I can’t wait to continue this partnership with Toyota and share my own story while encouraging everyone out there to get up and chase their dreams – no matter how big or small they may be.”

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez gives back to Orange County students

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Gymnast Laurie Hernandez has three Olympic medals, one “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy and a very generous heart. That generosity was on display at a Santa Ana school, where she and others donated books and gym equipment to the students. 

It’s not every day you get to play hockey at recess with an Olympic gold medalist. Many students at Martin Elementary School in Santa Ana said meeting Hernandez was a dream come true. 

“She’s my hero, because she, I feel like she’s going to make my dream come true of going to the Olympics,” said fourth-grader Natalia Torres. 

Hernandez teamed up with KPMG and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast to visit these lucky students, get some play time and encourage them to chase their dreams just like she continues to do.  

“They’re kids. Kids are made to move, to kind of be free and play and have fun, and we’re just going to give them more opportunities to do that,” Hernandez said. 

The real focus of the visit though — inspiring kids to read. 

Hernandez and volunteers hand-delivered and donated more than 600 books to the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. One young lady even brought her own copy of Hernandez’s book for her to sign. 

“Readers make leaders, and when kids have access to books, they become more patient, they become ones to think outside the box,” Hernandez said. 

During an assembly, Hernandez shared her own path to success and eventual gold — as well as challenging these kids to be leaders in their own community. 

“She’s just awesome in her own way. She encourages me,” said fourth-grader Dulce Villasenor. 

Hernandez and the sponsors also surprised the kids with a donation of gym equipment to keep them active and sharp. 

“These kids see me in person, playing with them, and I’m reading with them and I’m outside being active with them, I hope I can be a role model for them to do that as well,” Hernandez said.

Adidas honors Kendall Coyne Schofield with shoe!

Adidas has honored Kendal Coyne Schofield with her very own shoe! One pair has been given to the Hockey Hall of Fame to commemorate her historic feat. The shoes feature the words “Breaks” and “Barriers” emblazoned onto the black and white shoes, which pays homage the black and white 2019 NHL All-Star jerseys. Additional design details include stars and stripes to signify her Olympic Gold medal, five World Championships and 10 years playing for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey team. The finishing touches include her blazing time (14.346) and the date (01.25.19) from the Fastest Skater competition laser-etched on the heel of one shoe, and her signature and Team USA jersey number (26) on the other shoe.