⠀ ⠀ “Representation matters, and you can’t become something that you don’t see.” - @Ingridsilva ⠀ Together, a prodigy from Brazil who became the face of modern ballet, and a young dancer in Florida uplifting anyone who sees him move are united by a common thread. ⠀ The first episode of the Common Thread series focuses on representation in sport, with athletes Ingrid Silva and @alexanderrthomass showing the next generation what is possible when we believe our passions cannot be limited, and no barriers can hold us back. #UntilWeAllWin ⠀ 🗣️: @serenawilliams 🎥: @childotu
⠀ “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair, in your 80s, or what race or gender you are. Everybody can play tennis.” - @dylanalcott ⠀ Dylan is more than a top tennis player. He has used his success on the court as a vehicle to challenge perceptions about disabled people and push for inclusivity universally. “If you have a body, you really are an athlete,” says Dylan. ⠀ This is how you change the game. #justdoit
“At first, my abuela, she didn’t get it. ‘Dalia, it’s too rough for a girl. Your mom was a cheerleader – why don’t you be a cheerleader?’ Football is where I get my strength. Where I prove that nothing is off-limits. Where I can be whatever I want.” ⠀ Dalia Hurtado’s family had specific expectations of her: Work hard, get good grades, and follow in her mother’s footsteps as a cheerleader. But cheering on the sideline was never an option for Dalia. ⠀ As a kid in Mexico, she was the only girl who would play soccer with the boys, and after moving back to East LA with her abuela, she set her sights on football. At 16, she became the only girl to make the varsity team at her high school. Two years later, she’s inspired more girls to play football at her high school. ⠀ Through football, Dalia is re-writing the story her family wrote for her, breaking through stereotypes, and empowering her community to do the same – one game at a time.
“Everyone deserves the right to be well. It’s just a matter of investing in it.” @nicoleacardoza is invested in helping close the wellness gap. ⠀ Thanks to a donation based yoga class in college, Nicole was able to feel at home in her body for the first time. Ever since, she’s made it her mission to help others experience the same. ⠀ Whether introducing kids to mindfulness in school through @yogaFoster, or investing in underestimated entrepreneurs through @ReclamationVentures, she’s helping change the landscape of wellness for good. ⠀ Because Yoga should not have a type. Yoga is for all.
“When we started to play we were in elementary school, we must’ve been around 12 years old. And well, we’re still together.” - Adela Meet Hoops Abuelas, a crew of 16 women proving the only number that really matters is the one on your jersey. Hailing from Orizaba, Mexico, the team has been playing since 1952, and credits their skills, values, and sisterhood for keeping them strong for the past 67 years. #JustDoIt ⠀ Watch “In Good Company: Hoops Abuelas” on @nikewomen’s IGTV. ⠀ 🎥: @changeme2012 📸: @asdavidelliott
Just a kid from Akron, building a legacy that extends far beyond the basketball court. ⠀ @kingjames is using the power of sport to help change the game for every kid from Akron and beyond. His story will never be repeated, and that's exactly the point. #JustDoIt
“We’re brothers, we shared the same room when we were kids. The fact that there were two future players in that same room who would be lucky to have great careers is remarkable.” - @marcgasol ⠀ “It is a lot of fun. We just feel so lucky, you know. That two brothers, doing what we love, at the level that we have achieved, it’s very rare.” - @paugasol ⠀ Pau and Marc Gasol first picked up a basketball in a small suburb of Barcelona, Sant Boi De Llobregat. From here they would start their journey to the NBA, FIBA World Championships and their ultimate goal – inspiring the next generation to live a healthier lifestyle. ⠀ Whether through the Gasol Foundation or Basquet Girona, the Gasol brothers know their legacy is bigger than basketball. ⠀ This is their Birthplace of Dreams. #justdoit
“When I’m swimming, I’m living in the moment. I’m so mindful, I just connect with nature.” - @redseacitizen, Scuba Diving Instructor One dive and Nouf Alosaimi was hooked. Now she’s an instructor, teaching women how to scuba dive and showing the world how to protect our oceans. #justdoit
⠀ ⠀ “I was born in Breda, but it's the things I’ve overcome on my journey from there that have made me the player I am today." - @virgilvandijk Virgil Van Dijk was a football-obsessed kid playing on cage courts near his southern Holland home. Years later and with many challenges overcome, he's a European Champion and recognized as the world’s best defender. This is his Birthplace of Dreams. #justdoit
"Everyone thinks I carry her, but she's the one carrying me." ⠀ @de11edonne is an All-Star, a two-time MVP, a gold medalist, a WNBA champion and a sister on a mission to make sport more accessible for every athlete. #JustDoIt