Wilma Rudolph was
born in the South in 1940s to strong, caring parents. At the age of four, she
contracted polio, which partially paralyzed her left leg. Doctors told her
she would never walk normally again.
The ridicule from other children hurt her feelings terribly, but the
support of her family kept her spirit strong. She faithfully did the
exercises she learned at therapy and practiced her walking more very day
until finally, when she was ten years old, she could walk and run as fast as
she wanted all by herself.
Wilma ran track in high school and kept her grades up, too, knowing
that winning races would get her medals, but a good education would get her
through life. At age 15, she won a
bronze medal in the 1956 Olympic Games, and three years later became the
first in her family of 22 children to go to college. She studied hard and excelled in track,
learning how to lose with grace and improve with practice. Her tenacious
spirit propelled her to the 1960 Olympic Games, where she became the first
woman in the United States to win three gold medals in the Olympics in track,
a truly astonishing feat. Wilma Rudolph was “The fastest woman in the
Wilma then graduated from college and became a teacher, coach
and mentor to others, encouraging young people in particular to “never
underestimate the power of dreams, for the potential for greatness lives
within each of us.” Through experiencing her inspiring story, children
will gain a broader perspective of Black history and realize the power of
conviction, hard work, determination and self-belief in achieving their own personal dreams and goals.
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RELATED CURRICULUM SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS ASSEMBLY
- Black History Month
- Women’s History Month
- Character education
- 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 18-24 - National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week
*November, 1956 - Wilma won a bronze medal in the Olympics
*November 16-20 - American Education Week
*November 9-15 – Fall Children's Book Week
*February - Black History Month, Youth Leadership Month
*March - Women’s History Month
*April 4-10 - National Library Week
*May 3-9 – Spring Children’s Book Week
*May - National Sports and Fitness Month
*June – Summer Olympics coming up in July!
*July – August – Perfect for any summer programming
*For specific tie-ins to your state's curriculum and learning standards,
please call our office.
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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
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 program where the
material and method were so masterfully accomplished."
-- Sixth Grade Teacher, Canterbury Street School, Worcester
The kids sat in awe. We could use more positive messages like this these
-- Primary Teacher, Hoover School, Coon Rapids
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-- Fifth Grade Teacher, Chelsea School, St. Paul