Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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58 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 What are some of the places you have worked with? "Dare to Care, Kosair Charities, Uspiritus. We're looking to do work with Brightside, WaterStep and Wayside Christian Mission. Last year I did a book drive for Kosair Charities and raised over 100 books. The books were focused around (beginner) chapter books. A lot of times charities get picture books or chapter books, and they don't get that transition in between. They don't focus on that age, that genre. "With the I Can Be Girls Confi- dence Conference, we have lots of workshops — conflict resolution, service. Last year, we helped Blan- kets for Hope, who make blankets for the homeless. We always have personal hygiene and self-care. And confidence is the re-occurring subject." What should people know about confidence? "Well, there is a healthy amount of confidence. Ob- viously, no one likes someone who is cocky and arrogant. But you also need to know that you're the bomb. You're your own person. Whatever people think about you doesn't matter. As long as you're a kind person, people will be open to you. Be comfortable in your own skin." It seems especially important at that age. "With media, social media. Cyber-bullying plays a huge role, too. My generation is Gen Z, the generation of technology. It affects everyone." Olivia Allen Age 12, eighth grade, Noe Middle Nonprofit extraordinaire Olivia founded Girls Giving for Good, which connects youth volunteers with organizations in need of service. She started the I Can Be Girls Confidence Conference, an event for girls ages 8 through 12 that teaches them to confidently go after their dreams. Tell us more about cyclocross. "It's like road biking and mountain biking mixed into one. I started when I was nine. My mom was a biker and my dad used to do BMX. So I just kind of got into biking. I did it for fun, then I started to race and it got more competitive. I've been to three na- tional championships. My latest one I got fifth. That was in Reno, Nevada. This year I'm trying to win the nation- al championships in Louisville (in December at Joe Creason Park)." You get to go a lot of places with this. "Yeah, we traveled cross country to Reno and got to see Area 51. It was OK. I kind of believe in that stuff. Then we went to the Grand Canyon. You have to go." Do you have a favorite place you like to practice? "Cherokee Park. I sometimes ride the trails or I can do the loop." Who's someone that inspires you? "My mom and dad, of course. And there's a rider called Sven Nys and he's from Belgium. He's a pro rider. I wanna be like him and be a pro rider. He can jump over the barriers and do wheelies and stuff." Can you do a wheelie? "No, not really." George Frazier Age 11, sixth grade, home-schooled (or, as George calls it, "Frazier Academy") George is a nationally ranked bicycling superstar. He travels everywhere for cyclocross competitions — Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada. In the bike world, he's known as a "closer," which means he starts the race slowly but finishes quick- ly. He loves science and the Earth and one day wants to be a veterinarian.

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