Once the school year begins, Olympians and Paralympians visit Los Angeles schools to give back to their community and inspire students. One way they do this is by sharing their personal journeys and successes. Setting goals and achieving them is not always easy, but with the help of RSG! athletes, students participating in the Ready, Set, Gold! program have been getting some extra help with this task.
Donna Mayhew, an Olympic javelin thrower, started her series of visits at Ranchito Elementary School on October 18. She introduced the FitnessGram to a new group of fifth graders and talked about goal setting in terms of health and physical fitness. Mayhew said to students, “Your health is your wealth,” emphasizing the importance of building a strong body and treating it well.
Track and field athlete Reynaldo Brown spoke about his time as a high jump Olympian during Normandie Elementary’s Career Day on October 19. His advice was focused on finding motivation and working hard, especially in school. Brown said, “Study hard in school to keep your grades up. It is never too late to start doing that.” Students eagerly lined up for Reynaldo’s autograph after his session as a reminder of his wise words.
David Brinton, an Olympic cyclist, prepared a series of steps for success at his Darby Elementary School visit on October 20. Brinton shared a timeline of his successes and how his goal of being an Olympian did not occur overnight. As he showed Darby’s fifth grade class the emotions that arise in one’s journey, Brinton said, “You put all your life in this work and it comes down to one moment.” However, to make sure that you are making steps towards greatness in the opportunities that you receive, David says to do these five things:
1. Set Goals
2. Always give 100%
3. Believe in yourself
4. Be a positive friend
5. Make healthy food choices
Thank you to RSG! Olympians and Paralympians for inspiring us all to be the very best we can be. Remember, when in doubt, ask an Olympian what they would do!
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