December 21, 2023

Simone Biles Highlights Friends of the Children on CNN

Simone Biles, widely acknowledged as the greatest gymnast of all time, recently reinforced her role as an ambassador for Friends of the Children in an interview on CNN's CNN Heroes program. In the video segment, Simone talks with Alisyn Camerota about the work of Friends of the Children and shares her own experience in foster care.

“It’s a part of who I am, and I wouldn’t be here without that part. And hopefully those kids out there listening get to be like, Wow, I can be somebody, and this doesn’t have to hold me back,’’ says Simone. “You can still dream big and do amazing things."

The video, which focuses heavily on Friends of the Children's model can be found at this link:

The interview marks the second time the most decorated gymnast of all time has used her platform to highlight the Friends model. Last year, Simone put the organization on the front of the 100th Anniversary box of Wheaties. The box celebrates Biles’ personal journey that has served as a catalyst for her continued support and advocacy for children in foster care, including her efforts with Friends.