100% of sales from Aerie’s limited-edition “Better together” tee will benefit Special Olympics, which sold out in less than a week! Supporters of Special Olympics can also make a point of sale donation in-store now through August 16.
The campaign features user-generated content from the Special Olympics Texas women’s basketball team, who took home the silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 while representing Special Olympics USA!
Meet the Models
“Better together means it is better if you work together as a team.”
Ashley is a multisport athlete from Special Olympics Texas who has competed in basketball, softball and powerlifting throughout her career. Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was not Ashley Muth's first time competing on the international circuit. She competed at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007 and 2011, winning a gold medal in softball at the 2011 Games. Ashley has gone to culinary school and loves to cook. Her focus is on healthy eating and staying active at home by walking her dog, swimming, and spending time at San Antonio’s famous River Walk. Ashley stays positive by staying connected with her friends.
“Better together means friendship and meeting my goals. It [means] being included in the community and not being labeled.
Jamie Holt is an amazing Special Olympics basketball player from San Antonio, Texas. When she is not busy playing basketball, she enjoys arts and crafts, KPOP music, and grabbing an ice cream cone with her friends. Traveling to Abu Dhabi was her first experience traveling to another country and she loved meeting new people! Jamie’s favorite sports are swimming and basketball, and she has even competed in wheelchair basketball! In high school, she was a cheerleader and participated in both cross country and track. She always wanted to be a model, and through this opportunity with Aerie, her dream became a reality!
Kaylah Hankins was so excited to be chosen for the women's basketball team representing the United States at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019—her first ever Special Olympics World Games experience and her first time traveling outside of the United States! When she is not training or competing, she likes to read or go swimming. To stay positive, Kaylah listens to music, watching inspirational movies, and spending quality time with family and friends. Her favorite ways to stay fit are dancing, hiking, and playing basketball and soccer.
“Better together means being with friends and family and making each other happy.”
Kristin Short has been a Special Olympics athlete for over 20 years. Kristin is a force on the basketball court, but always has a smile on her face and stays focused on her goals. Her favorite part of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 was making friends and experiencing a new culture. When she’s not at work or training for basketball, Kristin spends her days and most nights caring for her nieces and nephews. One of her nieces, Diamond, says all the time that Kristin is her role model. Kristin loves living San Antonio, Texas with her friends and family.
“Better together is being a part of a team, getting to know people better, and feeling included!”
Magdalena Robles has been a Special Olympics athlete for over 15 years. Though she is a long distance runner, she mostly plays basketball to stay in shape. Magdalena is quiet, but she is a courageous and dominant defender on the basketball court. Before competing at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she competed in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Magdalena lives in San Antonio, Texas and loves cheering on the San Antonio Spurs! In her spare time, she loves journaling and staying connected with her friends. Magdalena’s favorite ways to stay fit are riding her bike, shooting hoops, and jumping on her trampoline.
Tiffany Renee Evans
“Better together to me means I get to do whatever everyone else gets to do and try.”
Tiffany Evans competes in basketball and bowling with Special Olympics Texas. She competed at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. Before Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, she had never traveled outside of the United States and she enjoyed learning about different cultures from her fellow athletes in the UAE. Tiffany loves living in San Antonio, Texas because of the city’s diverse community. When she is not training or competing, Tiffany likes to shop, watch TV, and stay active by walking her dogs. She stays positive by spending time with family and friends.