Archive for April 13, 2010
Olympic star Apolo Ohno encourages Kennedy Middle students to say yes to healthy lifestyle and no to alcohol
Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, inspired Kennedy Middle School sixth-graders with an appearance sponsored by The Century Council, which promotes healthy lifestyles and avoiding underage drinking.
“You guys inspire me because the future of this nation lies in your hands,” the speedskater told the audience. “Some of the lessons that I’ve learned over the years, you can carry over into your own lives. And I know you guys are on the fence where you can go either way, where the decisions you make now can affect you for the rest of your life.”
Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist, was joined by Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker in helping to reinforce a healthy lifestyle for the select group of students. After he finished speaking to the group, Ohno guided them through an interactive, Wii-style game in which students maneuver through obstacles before facing a lifestyle- or alcohol-related issue. The game was part of The Century Council’s “Ask, Listen, Learn” school program.