GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – She’s a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the USA Water Skiing Hall of Fame, and held the world record in women’s slalom from 1992-2010. She’s a world-class water skier, but that’s not what Kristi Overton-Johnson wants to be known for. Sure she’s making her legacy in the waters, but it’s a legacy of selfless service, with a little splash.
“But what’s really important to us and the reason we do this year after year is because we have a message of hope for these kids,” explained Kristi Overton-Johnson.
Johnson started In His Wakes Ministry back in 2003. She’s has helped nearly 20,000 at-risk youth nationwide. Thursday, just outside Greenville, A Day To Remember welcomed dozens of youth to Lake Kristi, the same lake that helped mold Overton-Johnson into the premier women’s slalom skiier in the 90’s. Thursday was just one of 60 events nationwide this year alone that will give at-risk youth the chance to float, tube, and ski their way off the dock and to a boatload of confidence.
Johnson has outlined her journey of faith and fame in her newest book, Hit It.
It’s a tell-all of my heart that, you know, it wasn’t about just going out there and skiing,” said Overton-Johnson. “It was a mental war constantly in here about not being perfection-driven, not being performance-driven, and feeling like your whole worth is wrapped up in what you do. And so this book is really the lessons that I learned.”