NBA Wife Scores Big with New Foundation
After years and years of giving so much of herself as a career woman, mother to her four children, and wife to husband Adrian—former NBA star turned Chicago Bulls Assistant Coach—Audrey Griffin had come to a place in her life where she felt tapped dry. “I thought to myself ‘How many women and mothers feel like this? What experience have I had that could help others deal with these same issues?’” remembers Griffin.
After taking to her blog to write down her musings on motherhood’s trials and tribulations, Griffin’s thoughts turned into a book last January. Aptly titled The Day I Took Off My Cape: An NBA Wife’s Journey to Finding Family Balance, the book serves as a guide to mothers on how to shed their assumed “superhero” powers to lead more balanced lives, including tips and techniques on how to juggle it all.
Due to the success of the book’s concept, Griffin’s dedication to assist those in similar circumstances has blossomed into a not-for-profit organization. The Remove Your Cape Foundation (RYCF) was recently born; its mission is to empower women and their families, and includes seminars, workshops, and spa retreats for underprivileged and overworked mothers. But probably closest to Griffin’s heart is RYCF’s offering of scholarships to mothers in need, giving them the ability return to school. “I want to help mothers who have had to leave school either because of pregnancy or have the responsibility of raising a child,” says Griffin, who herself left school her sophomore year because she had started a family. Two educated, persuasive parents and the acquisition of an academic scholarship allowed Griffin to go back to school and finish her degree. “It was the difference between the life I have now, or the life I could have had.”
In between running her kids, Vanessa, Alan, Aubrey, and Adrian Jr., all over Glenview, Griffin is working with Saks Fifth Avenue in Highland Park for an upcoming event on March 19, to celebrate the launch of her new foundation. It will be an evening of food, friends, and fashion. The event will include Griffin signing her book, as well as a Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.
So for someone who is an advocate of balance, how does Griffin do it all? “I work it in my schedule little by little and doing what I can, when I can,” she explains. “I have learned how to find that balance by removing my cape!”
Tickets for the Saks Fifth Avenue Highland Park event are available through audreygriffin.com, or at the door.