Wilma Rudolph, Hero.

The 2020 Summer Olympics are only ten months away so it’s time to start learning about some of our American Olympic heroes.

It makes sense for us to start with Wilma Rudolph. We’ve been discussing perseverance since school began and she’s definitely someone we can look up to for lessons in determination and grit.

We’ll read and discuss Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman (Kathryn Krull/David Díaz) and watch the amazing footage of her running and winning at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Our skills and perseverance will be put to the test with the following classroom relay races. (You can find these games and more, along with what you’d need and instructions, at verywellfamily.com.)

  • Egg-and-Spoon Race
  • Dress-Up Relay
  • Hula Hoop Pass
  • Drop the Penny
  • Balloon Relay Race
  • Shoebox Slide

Wilma Rudolph was not all about winning. In fact, according to Biography.com, she said, “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

Wilma Rudolph, Hero.