Kim Anthony Inducted into Hall of Faith

US National Gymnast is honored for leadership and integrity on and off the field.

  • by Jan Stewart
Photo courtesy Natasha Kertes

Kim Hamilton Anthony is the 2011 Hall of Faith female inductee. As an author, speaker and chaplain for the NFL Miami Dolphins wives, she travels the country as an AIA staff member of Cru.

Kim is also a freelance sports reporter (ESPN) and television host of County Connection in Miami where she interviews a variety of guests.

Her previous accomplishments include being the first African-American woman in history to receive a scholarship to compete for UCLA’s gymnastic team, a former US National Gymnastics team member, 4-time national champion, 6-time All-American, and a UCLA Hall of Fame Inductee.

Before Kim rose to fame as UCLA’s first African-American female gymnastics champion, her life was difficult and not one of privilege. Walking 10 miles to attend a gymnastics event was not uncommon for her and her mother.

She faced a world of drugs, violence, and financial strain. Through all of the pain, she found hope by persevering and faith in God.

“I use real life lessons and the wisdom I’ve learned over the years to encourage others to walk in confidence and to be who God created them to be,” says Kim. “It’s only when we’re living in the truth of who we really are, as opposed to being who we think ‘others’ want us to be, that we can truly experience fulfillment, peace and success.”

Unfavorable Odds, her autobiography, gives joy and hope rooted in the certainty that perseverance will reap results. Kim says, “In my search for meaning, purpose, and value, I realized that I needed something permanent. I finally found what I was looking for in Christ.”

Kim speaks to a variety of groups: at-risk youth and incarcerated to professional and executives -- both Christian and secular.

“Each audience, I tailor my talk to,” says Kim. “I desire to share wisdom, and leave the audience with practical ways to apply it.”

Topics she speaks on are: dealing with depression, purity (mind/body/soul), purpose, and the sovereignty of God.

On May 5, both Kim and Frank Reich (NFL coach and former quarterback) were honored at AIA’s Night of Champions in Xenia, Ohio. This is the 6th year that the AIA Hall of Faith award has been given.