The Power of Goal Setting: BTC Elementary School Visit

Watch a recap of a truly special opportunity involving a few of our Olympic athletes, their crazy goals, and the seriously inspiring youth of Atkinson Elementary School, located in SE Portland.

Thanks to Premvida, Foon Fu, and Tim Kalkkuhl for capturing this magic on video.

 
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Marielle Hall, Kate Grace, and Evan Jager visited Atkinson Elementary School in April to talk to 400+ youngsters about setting big goals, working hard to achieve them, and getting to live their Olympic dreams. Spearheaded by the lovely mind of Marielle, she shared her journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the steps she took (quite literally), along the way. We’ve loved the effect of having our professionals athletes coach in our Youth program, and it is wonderful to see that initiative brought to a wider circle of kids!

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Marielle, Evan, and Kate being kids at heart:

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Stickers, autographs, and swapped smiles were clearly quite popular. After Marielle offered her advice on how to breakdown a big goal into smaller more attainable milestones along the way, the athletes got down to their level to hear about the kids’ dreams and how they hoped to get there.

 
Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Evan Jager brought along his Olympic silver medal he earned in the 3000m Steeplechase at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Needless to say, it was a real big hit.

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White

 

We think this look says it all. Thanks to Atkinson Elementary for having us!

Photo by Cortney White

Photo by Cortney White