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-aged 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.
Ready, Set, Gold! is the only program of its kind in the country and is chaired by 1976 Olympic gold medal swimmer John Naber.
Los Angeles is one of the finalists vying to host the 2024 Olympics and Ready, Set, Gold! is an integral part of the city’s efforts to bring the Games back to Southern California.