Help Me Win the first Olympic Medal for Palestine
Causes: Advocacy & Human Rights, Health
Two events originally inspired me to pursue this dream. In 2012, I watched athletes bring pride to their nations at the London Olympic Games. Ruta Meilutyte, at just 15 years old, won a gold medal for Lithuania in swimming. And then in 2013, a young Palestinian singer, Mohammad Assaf, won the Arab Idol competition. His victory lit up the streets with joy in a way I had never experienced before. That day, I knew I wanted to bring the same joy to my country if I could. I taught myself to sprint using YouTube videos and a run-down high school track near my house. I didn’t know where I was going with this; I only knew that I had to run.