Olympic gold medalist speaks to kids at Fairmont

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL-TV) – The NAIA Track & Field National Championships are taking place this week at ETSU, bringing hundreds of athletes in to the area.

But it is not only good for the local economy, it is also good for three elementary schools in Johnson City. The NAIA has a “Champions of Character” program that promotes its five core values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership. In conjuction with the track meet, local schools were asked to create a program to introduce the Champions of Character into local schools. The Challenge included tasks that addressed each of the core values as well as athletics. The winning schools were based on the percentage of tasks completed. The top three were Fairmont, North Side and Mountain View. The top three were Fairmont, North Side and Mountain View.

Olympic Steeplechase runner Tony Cosey visited North Side and Mountain View elementaries on Wednesday and Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist Tim Mack spoke at Fairmont Elementary this morning. Mack says he really enjoys talking to kids, ” I told them my story about hard work, dedication, perseverance, just try to instill some of the things I learned along my journey and try to show them what I learned thru my stories and my experiences. It’s pretty fun, you want to try to see if you can get thru to them a little bit. And if you do a little bit, great, if not then they heard a story about a gold medalist and got to touch a gold medal.”

Fairmont also received $1,000 for its PE program.

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