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Carrie Underwood shares a message of hope in inspiring new video CALIA by Carrie Underwood/YouTube screenshot
CALIA by Carrie Underwood/YouTube screenshot

We all have a “House That Built Me” story — a story of our journey from our roots and how those roots shaped who we are today. Whenever we hear Miranda Lambert pouring her heart out singing “The House That Built Me,” we all return to that place in our heads and hearts. It may not be an actual building. It can be a whole state, a special person or even a set of circumstances that becomes the house that builds us.

Now, Carrie Underwood is taking us to the “house” that built her in a video that takes the country star back to her Checotah, Oklahoma hometown.

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The mini movie kicks off with Carrie saying, “You only have one hometown. Every path starts somewhere.” The rest of the piece is spent with the former “American Idol” visiting some of the most inspiring young women you can imagine. They, like Carrie, are active in a variety of sports, including track, softball and barrel racing, and as the country music superstar interviews them, or they pose questions to her, you can see a bond develop between the young women and Carrie. There isn’t just talking, though. Carrie puts her money where her mouth is. She goes for a jog with one of the girls, then plays catch and swings a bat with another.

And that common thread builds a bond between them all that obviously has a powerful effect on her. As she is driving, she becomes emotional as she says, “I wish I could tell 14-year-old Carrie that all the things you think matter so much, someday you won’t really think about it. It’s all going to work out pretty awesome.”

She then adds, “I wish that young women knew that they are beautiful and they are capable. Every young woman needs to know that there are no limits.”

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Carrie Underwood truly believes in all of these athletes so much that her activewear line, Calia by Carrie, along with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, is donating $500,000 to help support girls’ sports.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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