The benefits of competitive sports for children
Natalie Hawkins, mom and manager for her Olympic gold medalist daughter, shares her advice on the benefits of competitive sports for children and teenagers, as she reflects on her daughter's own experiences.
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Mom & Manager
Natalie Hawkins is the mother of Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist. Virginia Beach native and single mother of 4, Hawkins faced many struggles putting Gabrielle through Olympic training, giving up everything she had to see her daughter succeed. Hawkins allowed her daughter to leave their Virginia Beach home and close family bonds to pursue her dreams, train with Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and become the Olympian she is today. Hawkins has since been honored in the P&G “Thank You Moms” campaign.