There are very few events that capture the concepts of determination, perseverance, and motivation better than the Olympics. Unlike Kevin, I’m not a big sports fan, and I very rarely keep up with athletics in general, but every time the Olympics roll around, I find myself glued to the television, marveling at the absolutely amazing things people are capable of. I put more hours of TV-watching in during the Olympics than I do at any other time of year (well, except for Shark Week).
I know of at least one program that is working to harness the awe-inspiring power of the Olympics to motivate students to be healthier, called Ready, Set, Gold! The program pairs up Olympians with schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to promote nutrition and fitness, as well as goal-setting and self-discipline, all skills I’m sure the Olympians are very familiar with. And, of course, skills that greatly contribute to success in academics.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.