Aly Raisman“When I started working with Walden as an official spokesperson, I really didn’t know what to expect because it is such a unique and creative partnership that was unlike anything I had ever explored before. I had been a spokesperson for an organization whose message was saying no to underage drinking and yes to a healthy lifestyle, I had been a spokesperson for jewelry, water, leotards, shoes and dolls, but this was an opportunity for me to make a direct impact on an issue that a lot of people either a) are directly impacted by b) don’t know much about or c) are too afraid to talk about. As professional athletes, we are given a platform to have a voice and to make an impact on issues that are important to us, and my partnership with Walden allows me to do just that. 

The Walden team is inspiring to me, because they are all so passionate about what they do every day and that type of energy is contagious. I believe in their work and their mission, and I have enjoyed being a part of the last year and I am looking forward to what is in store for the next two years (and hopefully more!) of our partnership together. Being able to help Walden connect with kids and teens about the importance for leading a healthy, balanced, active (and confident!) lifestyle has been great, and I am looking forward to doing more of that in 2015. 

When we started out last year, it was a new experience for me and working with an athlete was new territory for Walden, but looking back over the last 12 months, I think we can both say that it has been a great success and there is a lot of opportunity for us moving forward!”