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Wilma Rudolph
Olympic Champion
Virtual Assembly Program for Grades K-8

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 world.”

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.

 This program will be available via a simple link and password for the full school day on which you book.
       No programs to download or log into. Perfect for any virtual or in-school learning environment.


  • Black History Month
  • Women’s History Month
  • Character education
  • Disability awareness
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Biographies
  • Bullying
  • 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.


"Captivating and inspiring assembly program; geared to the age level. These assemblies 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 program 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 assembly programs 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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