The Links, Incorporated extends accolades and congratulations to Gabrielle Douglas on winning the gold medal in all-around gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Hailing the historic win as a defining moment in US sports, Margot James Copeland, national president of The Links, Incorporated, declared Douglas’ Olympic journey “as an inspirational story that reminds us of what a gift it is to be an American.”
The organization’s 12,000 members are proud of Douglas’ momentous accomplishment and deem her an African-American hero. Sixty-four years after pioneer Alice Coachman became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Douglas has become the first African American to win the gold medal in all-around gymnastics and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual and team all-around. Douglas’ feats make her nothing short of a pioneer in her own right.
“As staunch advocates for the advancement and betterment of African-American communities and youth, we applaud the real-life example Douglas has set for generations of young women to emulate. Having chartered her own destiny, Douglas is the embodiment of the American dream. Her inner-strength and will of steel inspires all of us to believe in ourselves, take a chance and follow our dreams.
“Douglas’ grace and poise, at just 16, has captivated a nation and transformed the 2012 Olympics as much as her electrifying performances. We are indebted to her for showing us the rewards of hard work and determination. She is deserving of a standing ovation for the stellar athlete that she is and legend that she has become,” said Copeland.
The Gabrielle Douglas story is punctuated by the resolve of her mother. Natalie Hawkins’ sacrifices for her youngest daughter speak to the limitless bounds of a mother’s devotion. The support and encouragement from Douglas’ family and host family guided the Olympian’s ascent to the top of the podium.
The Links, Incorporated salutes Gabrielle Douglas and all members of Team USA who are proudly representing our country in London!
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African-American ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 275 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.
With over 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org