Olympians Jaeger, Ryan Inspire Elementary Students To Practice

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Olympians Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) and Sean Ryan(Chattanooga, Tenn.) will be the honorary guests at Ridge Wood Elementary in Northville Michigan this Friday, February 26 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Olympians will be speaking at the Friday morning assembly about the qualities and habits that make a leader. This is a part of the school’s program called “The Leader in Me” which they encourage their students to abide by the Seven Habits of a Happy Kids: Be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, synergize and sharpen.

“Ridge Wood Elementary is proud to host US Olympians Connor Jaeger and Sean Ryan,” said Ridge Wood Elementary Principal Heather Bauer. “Our students are working towards becoming leaders themselves through the “The Leader in Me” process. This year our school wide theme  is “Go for the Gold”  and what better way to show students what goal setting can mean than seeing these young men meeting the goals that they have set for themselves! We look forward to an enthusiastic and motivational assembly.”

Ryan – who punched his ticket to the 2016 Olympics Games in the open-water 10-kilometer – is excited for the chance to give back to the community he’s called home during his college career.

“I am honored that the Ridge Wood Elementary School is hosting me this Friday,” said Ryan. “Over the past six years the Michigan community has been great to me, and I am excited to share my experiences and love for the sport with a younger generation. The opportunity to talk to the students about goal setting and other techniques I have used to be successful both in and out of the pool is very exciting to me.”

Prior After the assembly, Jaeger and Ryan will sign autographs and take photos with the students.

The event will be open to the media

Jaeger and Ryan’s appearance is part of USA Swimming’s Athlete Partnership Program. The program is a platform for National Team swimmers to encourage kids and adults to take up the sport as a healthy and positive activity. These appearances directly promote the sport and the healthy lifestyle it represents. To find more information about how to get started in the sport, visit SwimToday.org.

About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.

Swimming news courtesy of USA Swimming.

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A Dude
4 years ago

Great pair of guys. Hardest workers I know of! Those kids sure are lucky to hear from them!

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