One of those is that she does a lot for charity and you never hear her bring it up. She's supported several organizations for years, like Woodcraft Rangers - which provides after-school programs and Didi Hirsch, which provides mental health services , donating money, holding events to raise more money and attending their events, doing everything from teaching judo to kids to helping with programs at fundraisers.
Last night, when she was at the Didi Hirsch fundraiser, I was asked to say a few words about her. Here is what I had to say:
Often, in interviews, Ronda has said that she takes inspiration from her mom.
One of the advantages of getting old is that you may have the privilege to live long enough to take inspiration from your children, and today I wanted to talk about how Ronda inspires me.
It has been said that anyone who ever contemplates suicide should remember this
You will one day experience joy that matches this pain
Ronda embodies that statement. I have seen her fail on a world stage at a very young age - the youngest person in the 2004 Olympics, coming home empty-handed - and using that as motivation to win the junior world championships, taking the gold medal in a match that was an amazing 4 seconds.
Failure isn’t permanent.
Some days your dreams are crushed. Other days, your dreams come true.
She struggled with a speech disorder, her father’s death and bulimia. When she started to gain some fame, she used that to draw attention to eating disorders, running a clinic, “Don’t Throw Up, Throw Down” to raise money for Didi Hirsch.
Some people told her that she should have called it something more proper and she refused, saying that is the reason people often don’t seek help, the reaction they get from society, “Ooh, that’s gross”
I run a startup. It’s a long, exhausting road with a lot of rejections and failed first - and second and third - attempts. Whenever I get discouraged and ready to quit, I take inspiration from Ronda.
Call it as you see it, accept that everyone has problems, has issues. Don’t be ashamed of yourself for not being perfect. Never give up - and one day your dreams will come true.
I love you, Ronda and I'm proud of you.-------