Santa Clara Olympian Gears Up for Rio Games
By David Alexander
Alysia Montano doesn’t think about the competition. When gearing up mentally to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, she sets her sights on personal goals.
“The biggest thing is taking it one step at a time, focusing on the task at hand ... I don’t think about the next day until the next day comes,” she said. “I’m not worried about everybody else ... The biggest thing is not to compare yourself to everybody else... If I am able to look at me... to get better a little bit every day, that is a success.”
Montano, a Santa Clara native, is one of five athletes on Team 24-hour Fitness, each of whom is vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the 2016 summer games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.
Mike Carney, vice president of marketing for 24-hour Fitness, said Montano typifies the sort of competitive spirit 24-hour Fitness aims to foster in each of its members, whether they work out once a week or are training for the highest level of competition.
“There are hurdles. There are setbacks. There is a renewed commitment each time you face one of these challenges,” he said.
Fitness is all about “small unique victories,” he added...
Bill Wilson Center Makes Dreams Come True for Homeless Youth
By Diane Andrews
Just say "Yes!" when the White House calls and invites you to speak. That's what Sparky Harlan, CEO of the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) in Santa Clara, said the morning of May 19 when the White House phoned and asked her to speak about BWC's strategies for ending youth homelessness.
Harlan made the exciting announcement to the 400 attendees of the Bill Wilson Center's 12th Annual Building Dreams Luncheon held at the Santa Clara Convention Center the same day she received the call to travel to Washington, D.C., to speak on June 3...