Via Mariam Demian (a ZEMspired writer, runner and producer)
Why does Skee-lo’s song ‘I wish I was a little bit taller’ instantly play in my head when I read about Kelly and Aurora’s noteworthy accomplishments?
Well, first there’s Kelly Schumacher, she’s is 6’5”, and this writer is a mere 5’4”. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that height alone did not get her to where she is in athletics. The words that actually come to mind when learning of Kelly and Aurora’s accomplishments are, tenacity, commitment, determination and of course, let’s not forget ‘mad skills’!!
Kelly is a two time WNBA champion, NCAA champion, Spanish League Champion who’s recently switched gears and entered the world of pro beach volleyball.
Then there’s Aurora Davis, member of the 2014 USA Beach National Team and 2014′s AVP’s Rising Star.
Did you raise your eyebrows in awe like we did?
As with any athlete going pro, there is undoubtedly an incredible amount of effort, sweat, blisters and pain that go into the kind of training it takes to get to the point these ladies are at! There is a lot of trial and error with gear when you’re at any level sport let alone on the professional level. In fact, Kelly told us since playing on horribly blistered feet, and pain so bad it kept her up at night she has worn ZEM socks that prevent blisters and help her focus on the game rather than the pain that could possibly throw her off her game. Or worse, have her end up getting surgery on her toes again! She said “It was a terrible experience that I do not want to re-live! So you can say I’m pretty strict about wearing socks now!’
It was quite wonderful to hear about what Kelly and Aurora are up to this Labor Day Weekend because they’ll be teaching skills to the youth at the Pros Beach Volleyball Clinic at Grand Sands in Loveland, Ohio following the AVP Cincinnati. The idea is to not only teach the youth, but to be able to ‘answer questions to kids and parents and help provide advice on what it takes to be collegiate and professional athletes.’
Being that ZEM is the choice footwear of beach volleyball players, we’re so glad to play a part in this clinic by being Kelly Schumacher’s choice apparel!