Real people overcoming personal challenges and adversity through sport.
Despite the inherent danger of base jumping, Real Champion Clair Marie was fascinated by the sport and made her first jump at age 16. On her way to becoming a top base jumper, she had to overcome both gender and age bias at every step of the way. Today, Clair Marie travels the world base jumping and pushing herself to extremes, and she is recognized as the world’s youngest ever female base jumper.
Growing up in a broken home in Ferguson, Missouri, Real Champion John Lewis had the odds stacked against him. His life was surrounded by turmoil and many of his friends lost their lives to gang violence.
Thanks to sports, John was able to put his life on a different trajectory, going on to play college basketball. He’s now a fitness coach, a life coach, and a badass vegan.
Real Champion Julian Lucas has been a top athlete for years. Some people let their disabilities define them, but Julian used it as his motivation. He never wanted to be treated differently, and through sports — he was able to level the playing field.
Julian was a talented athlete throughout his school years, culminating in him playing college baseball. He’s now a sought-after personal trainer, and a Real Champion.
For nearly a decade, Real Champion Karla Bruning couldn’t run because of an undiagnosed tumor in her knee. Karla almost gave up all hope of running again. But finally, after successful surgery Karla was on her long road to recovery.
Slowly, Karla began to get her strength back. Today, she’s not just a marathon runner she’s a running enthusiast.