"I am not part of a “skateboard gang”, I enjoy other sports as well, but, skateboarding is my favorite sport. It is my sport, my hobby, and even my mode of transportation. I don’t even own a bicycle any more, I skateboard everywhere. I love everything about it…except the stereotypes. I have been skateboarding since I was 3-years-old and all I have to say about skating is…thank you. I’m fifteen now and skateboarding is what has shaped me into the young man I am today. It taught me to always get up after I fall, to never give up, to stick with something until I get it down and to be proud of what I have accomplished."
- anonymous, 15
"The reason I sail is why most people travel. Because of the terror, and the joy, of leaving the known and passing into the unknown; the idea that what you mind find might be better than what you left behind. It might be uncomfortable; it might be scary; it will certainly be un-perfect. But it will be magnificent.
"My mom always encouraged my brothers and I to play sports. My dad played soccer at UNC and my mom played field hockey, lacrosse and was a high diver at WCU. Athletics is in our blood. It was always our choice if we wanted to participate or not, but it brought my parents (especially my mom) so much joy to watch us play. The lessons I learned from athletics are countless. I learned how to be a good teammate, to deal with coaches I didn’t agree with, to take care of my body, to bounce back after an injury, to be a leader, to be a cheerleader, to be a coach and it gave me the opportunity to visit new places and meet new people. Athletics also taught me how to set goals and follow through. In high school I set a goal to play field hockey in college on an athletic scholarship and I did just that at James Madison University. I have my mother to thank for exposing me to field hockey and fanning the flame of passion that was ignited in me."
"The upbeat music, the full body workout and the encouragement of the BBS community originally hooked me and then kept me coming every day. Almost immediately, I saw results; I felt stronger, my strength increased and I gained back some of the flexibility I lost after I stopped dancing regularly. I always look forward to coming to the studio, and being a part of the incredible community at BBS has motivated me to push myself even harder."
“I took a personal approach to it [exercise] and only did what felt good for me that was that ‘aha moment’ when it clicked for me that fitness really wasn’t all about how I looked or what the number on the scale was…fitness is more an intuitive process when you really listen to our body.”
"We go outside to rinse ourselves of worldly stress, and to taste again that simple life. In our escape, we leave behind Facebook and Twitter for a brief time, choosing instead face-to-face time beside the campfire, and the tweet of the kingfisher along the riverbank.
"I run to enable myself to be present to my body. To pay attention to it, to clear out the cobwebs of daily stresses, to breathe life into my internal mental, emotional and spiritual spaces. And I am so profoundly grateful for this shift in posture because there was a time when exercise and running still smacked too much of the compulsion and control that led to disconnection for me. I feared I would never be able to use my body in an athletic way. I used to run to escape life. Now I run to embrace it."