ASICS Sound Mind, Sound Body Ambassadors

Sound Mind, Sound Body™ Ambassadors

In 2022, we launched our first community-led ambassador program to highlight individuals and organizations across the country who embody the spirit of ASICS’ founding philosophy, "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body."

Today, the movement grows. Adding to our original five ambassadors, we have a new group of individuals who are championing change in their communities and living Sound Mind, Sound Body™.

NAMI Ambassadors

Meet Our NAMI-NYC Ambassadors

In partnership with NAMI-NYC, Caroline Bjorkman, Carla Murray and Michelle Pillepich help families and individuals struggling with mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy.
ASICS Uplift Ambassadors featured in a series of photos.

Running teaches us a valuable lesson: when faced with stress, it's essential to practice slow breathing. We can carry this practice into our daily lives.

- Caroline Bjorkman, NAMI-NYC


Caroline Bjorkman, Carla Murray & Michelle Pillepich

Caroline, Carla and Michelle work with The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC) to provide free mental health classes, support groups, and a helpline to people affected by mental illness. The three women have also run marathons benefiting NAMI-NYC and understand that there's a true connection between mind and body.

NAMI Ambassadors running in NYC
Mohammed El-Haj of Kings County Tennis League

Mohammad El-Haj Ahmad

The sport of tennis emerged at pivotal moments throughout Mohammad’s life. The sport got him through tough times during childhood and today he's the Program Director at the Kings County Tennis League Brooklyn. Mohammad and his colleagues at Kings County Tennis League are on a mission to use the sport of tennis as a vehicle to unlock the potential for kids living in public housing.

Jon Guevara

Jon grew up in the Philadelphia area with his parents, both immigrants from El Salvador. At a young age, wrestling became Jon's passion and he joined Beat the Streets, the youth development organization that cultivates teamwork and leadership through wrestling programs. Today, Jon works as the Operations and Development Manager at Beat the Streets serving the next generation of young athletes across the country.

Jon Guevara ASICS Uplift ambassador
Shaun Evans

Shaun Evans

Shaun is Senior Vice President of Programming at Ainsley’s Angels of America and an active runner in the organization, with his son, Shamus. At Shamus’ suggestion, the father-son duo ran across the United States from Seattle to New York raising awareness for Ainsley’s Angels. As Shaun puts it, "running is an individual endeavor but doing it as part of a team is so much more rewarding."

Danielle Nabak

Danielle is a captain of F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything And Run), a group based out of Milwaukee, aimed at bridging the fitness gap and ensuring that runners of color feel welcome and accepted. Danielle's dedicated to understanding the connection between a healthy mind and body extends beyond involvement in F.E.A.R. and into her professional life. She's continuing her education at Johns Hopkins University while working in health. 

Danielle Nabak
Eric Barerra

Eric Barrera

Eric runs with the Skid Row Run Club, a running community for people living near Skid Row in Los Angeles. He's also on the club's board of directors. Eric uses each run with the Skid Row Run Club as an opportunity to encourage people to be their best selves. Eric's determination to help individuals in crisis extends beyond his role as a leader in the club. Eric works for Healthcare in Action, a non-profit program that brings essential medical care and housing support to the homeless population in Los Angeles.

Asia Rawls

To Asia running is life. She's a decorated NCAA athlete, USATF certified coach, founder of Machine Athletics LLC, and member of Detroit's WERUN 313 Run Club. Across all of Asia's community building endeavors, including volunteer coaching at Cass Technical High School, she sees how running brings joy to the mind and body. 

Asia Rawls

Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin is a Veteran, former Army Captain, police detective, and has finished multiple ultra-marathons. But in 2002 a motorcycle accident almost stopped Benjamin from achieving his personal and professional dreams. Benjamin's unwavering connection to Sound Mind, Sound Body helped him overcome obstacles on the road to recovery. Today, he's a proud member of the "Run For Their Lives” ultra-marathon community which honors lost veterans and supports people experiencing PTSD.

Ben Garcia

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