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Wilma Rudolph

Olympic Champion

Wilma is a sickly little child left so crippled from polio, doctors say she will never walk normally again. She fights this fate with a stubbornness shared by her parents, beats her polio by age 12, becomes involved in both basketball and track and, by age 16, is selected to run in the 1956 Olympic Games. She wins a bronze medal and returns four years later, becoming the first woman in the United States to win three gold medals in one Olympics, a truly astonishing feat.

Wilma finishes her teaching degree and then travels throughout the United States, inspiring others with her story. Her amazing journey will help children realize the power of hard work, determination and self-belief in achieving their own personal dreams and goals.


  • Bullying
  • Black history
  • Biographies
  • Disability awareness
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Social studies, language arts, and physical education


*September, 1960 - Wilma became first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics
*October - Disability Awareness Month, National Book Month
*October 16-22 - National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week
*November, 1956 - Wilma won a bronze medal in the Olympics
*November 13-19 - American Education Week
*November 14-20 - Children's Book Week
*February - Black History Month, Youth Leadership Month
*March - Women’s History Month
*April 8-14 - National Library Week
*May - National Sports and Fitness Month

*For specific tie-ins to your state's curriculum and learning standards, please call our office.


"Captivating and inspiring; geared to the age level. These programs are a must each year!"
  -- First Grade Teacher, Foster School, Oak Forest
"This program teaches how education prepares you for life, not just a moment of glory, and it also teaches persistence to overcome difficulties in one's life."
  -- Fifth Grade Teacher, Clissold School, Chicago

"The performance was excellent . It kept the kindergarten class captivated. She really made you feel she was the character, not an actress."
  -- Kindergarten Teacher, Franklin School, Medford
"It was truly a learning experience of considerable magnitude. I have seldom had the privilege of attending an assembly where the material and method were so masterfully accomplished."
  -- Sixth Grade Teacher, Canterbury Street School, Worcester

"Inspirational! The kids sat in awe. We could use more positive messages like this these days."
  -- Primary Teacher, Hoover School, Coon Rapids
"One of the best assemblies I have seen in 31 years. It was fun, serious, well-paced, creative and at the kids' maturity and interest level."
  -- Fifth Grade Teacher, Chelsea School, St. Paul


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