Pamela Shriver: Olympic gold medalist.

Born: July 4, 1962

As an Olympic gold medal winner and dyslexic, Pam Shriver knows how important sports can be in a child’s life.  More than 25 years ago she started a charity to raise money to help children learn more, both in the classroom and on the tennis court.  Today, she hosts an annual tournament near her hometown of Baltimore for the express purpose of helping kids.

When we first started, all the proceeds went to cystic fibrosis research.  And then started to branch out and want to help more charities give out grants to different children’s related charities mostly.  So while we still give out grants cystic fibrosis research, we help everything from homeless shelters to literacy charities who help kids learn how to read better.

While the focus of her charity has changed through the years, along with the game of tennis, some things will always remain the same.

You know what is always the same is the mental side and your ability to handle pressure and the big moments.  All the great champions can embrace the biggest moments and still produce.

All the great champions can handle pressure, whether its 20, 30, 50 years ago or today.

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