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Olympic athlete mentors revealed as part of new Classroom Champions partnership in the MDUSD


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919


Olympic athlete mentors revealed as part of new Classroom Champions partnership in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

MDUSD teachers tomorrow will reveal to their students their U.S. Olympic/Paralympic athlete mentors for the year


Concord, CA  – Ahead of this February’s Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, teachers in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District will be revealing to their students the identities of their Classroom Champions Olympic or Paralympic athlete mentors for the 2017/2018 school year. Prior to the reveal, students have been made aware of the mentorship program, and anticipation has been built around discovering who their mentors will be. This mentorship is made possible through a partnership between Classroom Champions and MDUSD.


Classroom Champions, an international education non-profit founded by American Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, pairs teachers with Olympians and Paralympians as mentors who use video lessons, live video chats, and social media to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals, and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind to partner with teachers to bring these elite athletes training for their next Olympics or Paralympics into schools to provide ongoing mentorship.


This February, our nation will come together to root for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. All of the MDUSD Classroom Champions teachers, twenty-five in all across the district, are paired with a winter athlete striving to earn a spot at these Games. In addition to receiving world-class mentorship, MDUSD Classroom Champions students will have the excitement of cheering on and interacting with their mentors as they go on this incredible journey.


Media are invited to attend and take photos of the mentor reveal events.  For interviews with participating athlete mentors such as two-time Olympic medalist bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor or Founder and CEO Steve Mesler, please use contact information below.



Kim Chamberlain, 4th grade teacher

Adam Welcome, MDUSD Director of Innovation and Technology

Catherine Wittman, Classroom Champions Education Coordinator 


When:             Friday, September 8, 2017

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


Where: El Monte Elementary School, 1400 Dina Dr, Concord, CA 94519



What:              Photos, b-roll and interviews available


Details: Media can meet Catherine and Adam at the office of each school site.


To join the tour at the school or setup an interview with a teacher or MDUSD administrator:


Ursula Leimbach

760-705-6919 (mobile)



For more information on the Classroom Champions organization and partnership, or to set up an interview with an athlete or Steve Mesler, contact:


Catherine Wittman







About Classroom Champions

Classroom Champions believes kids have what it takes. Sometimes they just need a champion to help them! Founded by 2010 Olympic gold medallist, Steve Mesler, and Leigh Mesler Parise, Ph.D., Classroom Champions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teams at-risk and underserved students across North America with Olympians and Paralympians through an innovative, year-long mentorship program. To date, more than 25,000 students across the U.S. and Canada have been mentored by more than 95 Olympians and Paralympians. Classroom Champions has a strong track record of helping students stay engaged in school—a critical component in ensuring students complete their education and go on to pursue fulfilling and productive lives and careers. Classroom Champions’ success in helping to build the critical skills students need to succeed both in and out of the classroom has earned it numerous accolades, including a World Fair Play Diploma. Learn more about Classroom Champions at classroomchampions.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:9/8/17
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