Nov 2022

RSG! In-Person Off to a Record Start

Ready, Set, Gold! is back in action and in more schools than ever before! As the students set into the school year, RSG! began our first month of in-person visits for the 2022-2023 program year. 
Michaela Reynolds
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Ready, Set, Gold! is back in action and in more schools than ever before! As the students set into the school year, RSG!  began our first month of in-person visits for the 2022-2023 program year. 

The first visit of the year is an exciting one, as RSG! Paralympic and Olympic athlete mentors get to meet the students for the first time! During the visit, athlete mentors share experiences with their sport and stories as an athlete and life outside of sport. The RSG! Mentors then share an SEL topic that played a pivotal role in their journey to the games. The athlete then ties it back to the students by asking them “how can this be used in your life?” This visit ends with 15 minutes of questions and answers. 

We couldn’t have started off the year stronger! The record numbers totaled in the month of October include:

  • 10 In-person Visits
  • 10 Schools
  • Working With Over 1,000 Students

There is excitement in the air, and we are breathing it all in.  This month also marks the first time RSG! has entered Career Transition and Special Education Centers.  This opportunity has been a collaboration with  UCLA Sound Body Sound Mind where we work with each school and implement the Ready, Set, Gold! curriculum   

The experience was a smashing success and exceeded both our own expectations and the expectations of the Principal of Banneker Career Transition Center:

"Paralympic Tennis Player Natalia had such an amazing, visceral impact on our adult transition students today!  Her story resonated with them deeply, and that showed in their questions and in their outpouring of emotion afterward!  I cannot think of more timely and relevant messages to share with them-that you always need to focus on the positive, believe in yourself, have goals to work toward, to never give up on your dreams and to know that your challenges can be gifts, amongst others.” - Dr. D. Christopher Eaton, Principal 
Natália Mayara carries the Olympic torch from the 2016 games in Brazil!

We are so excited to make the 2022-2023 year the best year yet! 

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