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JRF Alumna Finds Innovative Ways to Keep America Fit

JRF Alumna Finds Innovative Ways to Keep America Fit

Andia Winslow hails from Seattle, Washington and attended Yale University. As a top 75 world-ranked junior golfer, Andia helped the Yale Bulldogs secure an Ivy League Championship. She earned her degree in Sociology in 2004.

Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Alumna Andia Winslow says it is hard to believe that she has been out of college for almost a decade. But in that decade, Andia has managed to cram in nearly a lifetime of experiences. She was the first African American female to play Ivy League golf. Upon graduation, Andia entered the world of professional sports becoming the fourth African American woman to compete on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. Andia has also been a filmmaker, author and even an Olympic hopeful, training to be a member of the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Team. Second thoughts about the sport’s high rate of accidents kept her from Sochi, Russia this winter. “The injuries you sustain in bobsled and skeleton can be catastrophic,” she said. “It wasn’t for me, but training was a great experience.”

Andia credits the legacy of Jackie and Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation with her desire to expand her arsenal of experiences. “Through the Foundation, I learned that one should not be restricted by titles,” she explained. “Jackie Robinson didn’t define himself by one event, but he made his mark in so many different ways and his impact is felt through his entire body of work,” she added.

With digital technology so readily available, Andia has now turned her sights to bringing her unique approach to health and wellness to the masses. A fitness and wellness instructor, Andia is an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s popular “Go Red for Women” campaign and pens a fitness column for several blogs. However, it is her “The FitCycle” workout movies online that have received considerable attention from media giants like Forbes who called the videos the “smartest, sexiest workout videos ever”. Her movies offer sage advice on how to turn everyday activities into a fitness opportunity.

Andia says she often looks back on her college years and recalls that her favorite experiences were with her Jackie Robinson Foundation family. She notes that through the Foundation, she was introduced to the many people who would influence her life and help mold her future. Andia says JRF's emphasis on the financial, social, professional and emotional welfare of its Scholars is beyond comparison to any other non-profit scholarship organization.

"To be a part of Mr. Robinson's remarkable legacy of service and commitment to humanity is an honor that I hold most dear," said Andia, "and one that I know will guide me throughout my life."

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