Chris Duplanty is a three-time Olympic water polo player. For the past five years, Chris has been a part of the Ready, Set, Gold! program, visiting 5th grade PE students at Harbor City Elementary School to educate them about the importance of exercise and to motivate them to adopt healthy fitness habits into their daily lives.
Chris visits the school five times each academic year, and often times students ask him for his autograph. Chris gladly obliges, with one stipulation: He wants their autograph in return.
“One of the things I try to explain and stress to the students is that each one of them has something special. This is true whether we’re talking about sports, school or in life, we are all wonderfully unique — and we all have something special. So our tradition at Harbor City is that when the students ask for my autograph I ask for theirs, because to me, they are special too.”