I think it would be safe to say that Ken Decroo of Fontana and Skip Johnson of San Bruno, along with their families, experienced the ride of their life today at San Francisco’s Grand Prix Pro Cycling Event.
First and foremost, we must thank the incredible Pro Cycling Team Staff. From the time we entered the tent Louise and P.J. bent over backwards to ensure that we felt part of the Pro Cycling Family by answering our endless questions, directing us around, introducing us to riders, making sure
Have you ever ridden around the Streets of San Francisco at 60 mph without stopping at any corner? Our Discovery Educators can add that to their list after a 15 minute loop around the track following the riders up, down, and all around the streets of SanFrancisco. Laurenzo’s handling of the car was impressive as he chatted with the riders via headsets that were in their helmets. He informed them of time differences between team members, encouraged them to “keep it rolling” and talked strategy.
Back at the tent, we were able to watch the race from television screens or get a glimpse (basically a blur) as they raced by our area several times. There were several raffles throughout the day and each of our educators were able to walk away with a special memento (A special thanks to Ken and his wife for my special souvenir from China Town!)
My favorite part of the day was sitting with Mike Creed’s Aunt and Grandma as they shared stories from his childhood through his pro cycling events. I loved hearing how Michael received his first bike when he was only 10 years old. According to Grandma, this single event forever altered his life. She explained that it gave him focus and motivation and 2 years later to the disbelief of everyone he won his first national competition. The rest is history! (Michael led the racing pack for most of the day)
This story left me pondering for the rest of the day… what opportunities are our students being provided at home or in the class that will completely alter how they proceed in life? What student in your room could be a future member of Discovery’s Pro Cycling team or the future Van Gogh? With budgets being stripped from schools every year, how do we as educators ensure that students are still being exposed to different types of physical fitness, art, music, etc. programs?
So let’s hear it… how are you doing it? Do you have any “Michael” like stories in your class? Do you know of other athletes stories like this one? What ideas do you have for our Discovery Educator Network that might help out with these issues?
(<— Sam, our DEN student ambassador, having a little fun… but perhaps a reminder of the best lesson we can pass on to our students!)