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Simone Biles Helping Foster Kids After Remembering Her Own Difficulties

January 8, 2017
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Simone Biles made it from the foster care system to become an Olympic gold medalist, and now she wants to help other foster kids live their best lives. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles arrives at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 2, 2016. Biles, the 19-year-old gymnast who won four gold medals and one bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, was adopted by her maternal grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, after her biological mother Shanon struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. She now refers to her adoptive parents as "mom and dad." Now, Biles is teaming up with Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program that works to donate over 600,000 necessities to foster children and their family. In an interview with PEOPLE, the gymnast explained why making sure foster kids received adequate clothing and school supplies was such an important cause for her. Biles recalled seeing foster children around her without the necessary clothes and supplies needed. "I was so young, I didn't quite understand what was going on," Biles told...

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