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Olympians & Paralympians Prepare Tips for Kids

Gideon Massie

Ready, Set, Gold! (RSG!) is launching a new eight-week classroom series this Spring featuring tips and firsthand advice from Olympic and Paralympic athletes designed to help students in all grade levels to stay active while distance learning from home. Released every Monday beginning March 1 through April 26 (with the exception of March 29), each 30-minute video covers a thematic topic focused on evidence-based physical activity and social emotional learning. In partnership with the Foundation for Global Sports Development & Sidewinder Films, this is the second classroom series created by Ready, Set, Gold!, the public-private partnership between the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games and The Foundation for Global Sports Development that matches Olympic and Paralympic athletes with schools to promote good fitness and nutrition. 

Every video in the athlete-led series features an activity portion highlighting the core fitness fundamentals of endurance, flexibility, balance and strength training as well as thematic units around topics like goal-setting, perseverance and leadership.  Brought to life by the real, personal experiences of RSG!’s Olympic and Paralympic mentors, the content supports teachers as they work to enhance engagement for students who are “distance learning” from home. RSG! plans to continue expanding its virtual content to complement its regular on-site programming.

Kami Craig

“After the success of our first virtual program, we are thrilled to offer the Ready, Set, Gold! virtual Spring Series, which provides a safe way for students to integrate nutrition and fitness tips from our Olympic and Paralympic stars into their daily lives,” said John Naber, Chairman of Ready, Set, Gold!. “Though we eagerly await a return to our in-school programming, this virtual series opens the door to reach so many students who would typically not have that opportunity, and we look forward to inspiring kids in Southern California and beyond.”

The Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) and Sidewinder Films serve as long-time supporters of Ready, Set, Gold! and are a key sponsor for this innovative project.

“The Foundation for Global Sports Development is honored to provide continued support for Ready Set Gold!, offered by SCCOG. The program helps kids stay healthy and build positive connections during the pandemic. Encouragement from Olympians and Paralympians will help inspire students every step of the way as they grow and learn together,” said David Ulich, GSD Executive Board Member.

“Ready Set Gold! is fulfilling the additional need right now for our youth of keeping them plugged into a consistent community that understands what it takes to be resilient, intentional and hopeful when new and uncertain scenarios are thrown in front of them,” said Gideon Massie, Olympic Cyclist and Ready, Set, Gold! mentor. “The Ready Set Gold! Olympic and Paralympic athletes have a keen interest in equipping young people with their very own practical and proven mindset tools, making them applicable to students, while incorporating athlete led motivational virtual exercise plans to help create success stories where student engagement may otherwise be impacted.” 

The Ready, Set, Gold!’s Spring Series Curriculum is as follows:

DateAthlete – Topic 
Week 1: Monday, March 1Cody Michael Jones, Paralympian – Balance, Hope
Week 2: Monday, March 8Molly, Olympian – Endurance, Goal Setting 
Week 3: Monday, March 15Giddeon Massie, Olympian – Endurance, Feedback 
Week 4: Monday, March 22Megan Blunk, Paralympian – Strength,  Gratitude
Week 5: Monday, April 5Hunter Kemper, Olympian & Melissa Stockwell, Paralympian – Endurance, Embracing Challenges 
Week 6: Monday, April 12Khatuna Lorig, Olympian – Strength, Passion and Purpose
Week 7: Monday, April 19John Naber & John Moffet, Olympians – Cooking, Routines
Week 8: Monday, April 26Kami Craig, Olympian – Flexibility,  Emotions 

Since 2006, Ready, Set, Gold! has traditionally hosted an in-classroom tour serving the Los Angeles Unified School District and ICEF, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Chula-Vista Elementary Unified School District, Claremont Unified School District and Snowline Joint Unified School District. 

For more information about the Virtual Spring Series and to learn more about Ready, Set, Gold!, visit www.readysetgold.net.    

About Jerry Milani

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Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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