Following Their Dreams: Olympians and Education
The London 2012 Summer Olympics are here and there are so many ways to use the games to your parental advantage to get your kids' blood pumping with some physical activity and their minds strong with some education.
We will be following the 2012 Summer Olympics and sharing with you all kinds ideas to keep your kids interested in this historical international event. So, whether your kids are hard core athletes or just play sports for fun, our series will be offering ideas to improve their health, enrich their education and encourage them to get out there and be more active.
Kids have big dreams. Some want to be firefighters, others dream of becoming doctors, and then there are those who are pursuing their dreams of Olympic gold, earning that medal and having it placed around their neck. Just ask Olympian Michael Phelps, the American swimmer who has won 17 Olympic medals and set numerous world records. His Olympic dream was born after watching swimmers Tom Malchow and Tom Dolan at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Summer Games.
Unlike any event in the world, the Summer Olympics Games and its athletes from around the world inspire kids and adults alike. But it's no big secret that to become an Olympian takes talent, commitment and hard work.
What if your kid could be that Olympic Champion?
Athletes from all over the world are idolized and put up on a pedestal as examples of success as younger athletes pursue their dreams. Pursuing dreams of athletic success takes work, education, dedication and commitment. In most cases, that translates to hours and hours of practice time day in and out. How can future Olympians put in the time it takes to succeed and still excel in their studies when most traditional public schools don’t allow students to miss days and days of class in order to practice?
At age 14, Scott S., a student at one of K12’s partner schools, had dreams of being on the U.S. Olympic Ski Team. With the flexibility of online school and K12’s curriculum, Scott was able to earn the 2007 President’s Award for Academic Excellence while maintaining his +/- 6 hour training schedule. Today, Scott is a K12 honors graduate, as well as the youngest member of the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team! He is working hard to qualify for a spot on the 2014 Winter Olympics skiing team.
Without the option of attending an online public school and the flexibility it offered, Scott may not have been able to pursue his dream, while still excelling in school at the pace he needed to accomodate his rigorous training schedule.
Scott is not alone either. Many Olympians, including figure skater Michelle Kwan, diver David Boudia, and gymnast Carly Patterson, did their schooling from home, which allowed them the opportunity to reach their full potential as students and athletes.
- Video: K12 Spotlight on Scott Snow - Idaho Virtual Academy
- thinktanK12 blog: Olympics
- Elite take home-school route