LOS ANGELES (January 8, 2014) — Ready, Set, Gold!, a mentoring program designed to encourage school children to live a healthy, active lifestyle, is pleased to announce the addition of two new Olympic/Paralympic athletes to its team.
Angela Madsen of Long Beach, Calif., is a two-time Paralympian. She competed in rowing in the 2008 Paralympics and, four years later, landed spots on the U.S. Paralympic shot put and javelin teams. She would go on to win a bronze medal in the shot put at the 2012 London Paralympics. Angela will be working with students at Venice High School.
Merrill Moses is a two-time Olympian in men’s water polo. One of the sport’s top goalkeepers, he helped Team USA win a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also competed in the London Games in 2012. Merrill is from Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and currently is the assistant men’s water polo coach at Pepperdine University. Merrill will be mentoring students at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood.
RSG! tackles the epidemic problems of childhood obesity and chronic diseases by pairing Southern California Olympians and Paralympians with Los Angeles area public schools to help promote student fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits.
During the school visits, Olympians exercise with the students and share their stories of how they became Olympians and the importance good fitness and nutrition played in their success.
Ready, Set, Gold! is primarily funded by worldwide Olympic sponsor Samsung. There are currently 41 Olympians active in the program, including 15 medalists. RSG! is chaired by U.S. Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar (1984, gymnastics).
“All of our athletes are real life examples of how living a healthy and active lifestyle helped them be successful in sport and in life,” said RSG! Director Bernadine Bednarz. “That’s the message we emphasize.”