Gabby Douglas Promotes Campaign Against Texting While Driving

Gabby Douglas

Keith Cephus

Crowds received an opportunity of a lifetime with two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas at the AT&T store in Virginia Beach on Tuesday. Gabby signed autographs and took photos with eager fans to promote a campaign against texting while driving.

Douglas was excited to come back to her hometown to encourage Hampton Roads residents to take the “It Can Wait” pledge, while inspiring young fans.  

“I remember when I was in their shoes, and I used to look up to Dominique Dawes, and now they’re looking up to me. It’s just a thrilling experience for me, and I’m so ready to take on the role and pass on the message along the road,” Douglas said. 

Olympic teammate Jordyn Wieber has also produced public service announcements with AT&T on the dangers of texting while driving. 

Douglas enthusiastically signed every glossy photograph with her infectious smile.  She signed posters, paintings, sneakers and t-shirts.  Two-year-old Tiffany even had her armed signed. 

“We are big fans of Gabby and are so happy for her success,” said Mary Jones, a single mother and part-time school teacher.  “She is an inspiration and role model to all of us here in Virginia Beach and abroad.”

At the end of the day, Gabby greeted fans who did not get a chance to meet her inside the store.  The crowd was electric, with their posters, magazines and billboards flying high. 

Gabby screamed emphatically, “I love you, I love you, I love you, Virginia Beach!  Thank you for all of your support!”