"I want to work in health care to become an inspirational ally to those overcoming health challenges. Everyone is capable of being the strongest, healthiest version of themselves."
Freshman, Neuroscience and Public Health, Santa Clara University
Presley was a competitive cheerleader her entire childhood, which helped her learn the value of a fit and healthy lifestyle. A teammate’s sister who loved copying the cheerleaders’ moves from her wheelchair inspired Presley to found and coach Team Gemini, the first competitive cheerleading team for athletes with disabilities in the South Bay area. The team provides an outlet for kids who often lack access to youth sports. Routines are adapted for the disabilities of the team’s 16 athletes, who practice twice a week and participate in conditioning classes to improve their strength and coordination.
Presley is working toward a physician assistant graduate program and is saving money to start her own business, a fitness studio for the special needs community. She wants to offer adaptive workout classes, opportunities to participate in different sports and a buddy system integrating able-bodied and disabled kids