The luncheon will celebrate Nellie and Ron Biles as supportive, parenting role models and feature a roundtable with Simone Biles and her parents.
HOUSTON, TX. The ARKGroup will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary by honoring Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles’ parents, Nellie and Ron Biles, as ARK’s “2022 Parents of the Year.” The luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 11:30-1:00 at Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Road, Houston, TX 77090. The non-profit, whose programs help adults provide the unconditional love and care that elevates children’s and students’ self-esteem, believes the Biles are excellent role models for positive parenting.
An example of their parenting behavior is the Biles’ support of Simone’s decision to protect her mental and physical health by withdrawing from several events at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Simone has won four Olympic gold medals and 19 World Championship gold medals in gymnastics, and expectations were high in anticipation of her performance in Tokyo. In a society where people are often judged by their achievements, Simone says she cherishes her post-Tokyo experience because it has allowed her to feel valued for who she is rather than for what she achieves. While receiving affirmations from her fans, her primary support began at home. In an Instagram post to her parents, she said “…thanks for making sacrifices since day 1 so I can live out my dream. but most importantly thanks for always being there for me through all the highs and lows.”
From her office at the Biles’ World Champions Centre in Montgomery County, Nellie Biles says, “We never, ever pushed or pressured Simone. She set her own goals. Our job as parents was to encourage, support, and provide unconditional love.”
Dr. Glenn Wilkerson, President and Founder of The ARKGroup says, “The relationship between Simone and her parents is an inspiring example of the role that supportive parenting can play in helping children to achieve their goals and live joy-filled, productive lives. The ARKGroup is pleased to honor Nellie and Ron Biles as our “2022 Parents of the Year.”
Founded in 1992, The ARKGroup’s mission is “to help adults provide the unconditional love that values children for who they are rather than for what they do.” As a non-profit entity, The ARKGroup provides programming for schools, churches, community centers, prisons, and childcare facilities. ARK’s programs have impacted the quality of parent-child and teacher-student relationships for more than 200 schools, 1200 teachers, and 32,000 students.
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