Ready, Set, Gold! is the only program of its kind in the country and is chaired by Olympic gold medal swimmer John Naber. John, who swam collegiately at USC, won four gold medals and one silver medal at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal and is widely considered one of the finest American swimmers ever. In 2016, he succeeded the Founding Chairman of Ready, Set, Gold!, Olympic gymnast Peter Vidmar.
Ready, Set, Gold! is a non-profit 501(c)3 community health and fitness program established in 2006 to address the significant rise in obesity rates among school-age children in Southern California.
To promote student fitness and nutrition, the program matches dozens of Olympic and Paralympic athletes with more than 50 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each athlete is assigned to a specific school.
The Olympians and Paralympians visit their school’s physical education classes five times during the academic year to educate students about the importance of exercise and to motivate them to adopt healthy habits into their daily lifestyle. The athletes also emphasize goal-setting and self-discipline, and encourage students to stay driven whenever they encounter obstacles to achieving their dreams.
Data shows that students at Ready, Set, Gold! schools score at a higher level on the rigorous California-mandated FitnessGram test than students from schools that are not affiliated with our program.
Ready, Set, Gold! operates under the auspices of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games and is funded by Samsung and The Foundation for Global Sports Development. The program is offered free of charge to participating schools. For a complete listing of RSG! supporters click here.
Los Angeles has been selected by the IOC to host either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics and Ready, Set, Gold! is poised to be an integral player in the next hometown Games.