- November 21, 2022
Before starting their Fun Run on Jan 20, Freedom Elementary School students listened to a man who knows about the fun, and pressure, of running.
Richard Thompson, a four-time Olympian for Trinidad and Tobago, stood before pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students and told them the importance of hard work, discipline and perseverance.
"As I got older and competed in more races, I started realizing something. The harder I worked, the more I believed in myself, the more disciplined that I became, and the better the results were that happened for me," said Thompson, who won the gold with his teammates in the 4X100 relay in 2008. "It's the same thing that applies to each one of you, regardless of what your goal is."
Students ran, walked, bunny hopped and skipped their way around the school's tracks after listening to their pep talk.
Lenka Cenovova shook her pom pom in the air as she watched her children, first grader Jerry Veverka and kindergartner Lenka Veverka, run.
"It's amazing to be here," Cenovova said. "It's a wonderful feeling supporting them and the school. They're having a lot of fun."
Freedom Elementary School families raised more than $16,000 through the Fun Run.