POSTED: October 31st 2008

Golden Clay inspires Chicago

Bryan Clay; encouraging words / Image: Chicago 2016
Bryan Clay; encouraging words / Image: Chicago 2016

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

CHICAGO: Chicago 2016 brought gold medal Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay to the Windy City for the Principal for a Day program to share his Beijing Olympic experiences mentoring students and local business leaders and rejuvenating the Olympic Spirit.

Widely considered the “world’s greatest athlete” after his successes in Beijing, Clay spent the morning at Williams Prep at DuSable Campus High School in Washington Park interacting with students then addressing business and civic leaders who participated in the program for a luncheon following the morning session.

The Principal for a Day program was initiated by Chicago Mayor Richard M Daley in 2000 with the purpose of gathering together business and civic leaders to exchange knowledge with the accomplishments and challenges facing students, teachers and principals.

“Principal for a Day is another way that Chicago 2016 is demonstrating our ongoing commitment to reaching the youth in Chicago and educating and exciting them about amateur sport and Olympic values and ideals,” said Patrick G Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Chicago 2016.

Better understanding

“We hope the students were inspired by the stories they heard and came away with a better understanding of what it means to be an Olympic and Paralympic athlete and part of the Olympic movement.”

Clay launched his day with a public address for the school body (right) then addressed the entire assembly on his Olympism experiences and his vision for the Chicago 2016 bid.

He said: “Being an Olympian is an honor that extends beyond Games time and competition. Working with youth and spreading the word about the Olympic Movement is what really inspires me. If just one student were motivated to pursue their dreams after hearing my story, it will be a true success.”

The Principal for a Day program brought together 27 Olympians and Paralympians—as well as 15 Chicago 2016 staff members. All in all more than 15,000 students from 27 schools were mentored by Olympians this year.

Keywords · Chicago 2016 · Bryan Clay · Principal for a Day · Williams Prep · DuSable Campus High School · Washington Park · Mayor Richard M Daley · Patrick G Ryan

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