Shakeia Pinnick is 29 years old and an active track & field competitor. She's always faced adversity since her earliest memories, from being born in Detroit to finding her new family through adoption, she's overcome more than most average people. After settling with her new siblings and family in Aurora, Illinois, she blossomed into a stellar academic athlete. Earning a full ride scholarship to Arizona State University for Track & Field, but she didn't stop there.
A true champion who from an early age understood the requirements of dedication, sacrifice, and work ethic. She went on to become an All-American, PAC-12 Champion and Academic Scholar. 7 years later she's now back in grad school at ASU adding more accolades to her resume. Shakeia is so much more than just an academic all-American athlete - she's a new mother, a coach, a mentor, an author, and co-owner of a non-profit organization called Elite Sports & Fitness Academy.
Her book Keeping it R.E.A.L ( Respect, Excel in Life, Attitude Equals Altitude, Love Yourself) is a great inspirational read for youth but even more so for young women looking to succeed, and it's available for purchase.
As an active community leader who trains high school and college athletes, you would guess she's content with her accomplishments but there's another goal in her sights - The 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.