The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards Show is swiftly approaching. For that reason, we have decided to dedicate our SHE ROCKS! post to last year’s twelve honorees. Each day this week, we will feature some of last year’s 2008 honorees on our blog, so keep checking in for updates and more. For more information on the awards show, head HERE.

air-jordan-2009-april-holmes-09We’re kicking off SHE ROCKS! AWARDS EDITION with the 2008 ‘Becoming Legendary’ Award recipient, April Holmes. Instead of being thwarted by the amputation of her lower left leg in 2001, Holmes sprinted above and beyond the obstacle that threatened to hold her back. By 2006, Holmes became the world’s fastest amputee, breaking her own world record’s in the 100, 200 and 400 meter Paralympic races.

Guess who else co-signs Holmes? None other than fellow sports legend, Michael Jordan, who selected Holmes to be the first female Jordan sponsored athlete in 2009.When she’s not racking up medals, Holmes is running her non-profit organization, April Holmes Foundation, INC., which “assist[s] physically and learning disabled individuals to reach their goals by encouraging them to rise above any obstacles that will give them an opportunity to develop to their full potential.” [1]

For more information on April Holmes, head HERE.

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