From the Homeless Shelter to the Field: Three Sisters Refuse to Settle

A person’s current situation is far from their final destination. Hard work and dedication, beyond a shadow of a doubt, brings people opportunities that are often only unattainable dreams for them. Living proof of this concept currently are sisters, Rainn, Tai, and Brooke Sheppard, who reside in a homeless shelter with their mother, Tonia.

For over a year and a half, the four female family has been residing in a homeless shelter, but it does not deter any of them from working on their goals. As Tonia heads off for yet another day of work, her daughters attend school where they are not only striving academically, but athletically as well.

The undying dedication and raw talent of these young girls have allowed them to enjoy many accolades, thus far. In fact, young Rainn is the top qualifier for the 3,000-meter run in her age bracket; the other sisters have their own specialities, too, and have all qualified for the Junior Olympics. Track and field for these young ladies is so much more than a means to keep fit and busy, but is instead an opportunity for them to help their mother as she struggles to create a better life for her and her girls.

The sister team is currently preparing to head to Houston for the profound track and field events being held there. Unfortunately, their mother is unable to attend because, as she put it, “If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. There is no time off.” Tonia’s drive is just as admirable, and there is no denying where her daughters get theirs.