Pat’s Champs Meet Olympic Champs for LB Fundraiser Sept 18
2010-08-24 · By Editor
Pat McCormick of Seal Beach knows the power of determination. Her first attempt to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Dive Team ended in tears. She missed the team by one-one hundredth of point. She worked hard and kept her focus and not only made the team the next round, but won two Olympic Gold Medals in each of the next two the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. This made her one of the only double-double Olympic Gold Medal Winners in diving history.
Since then, the four-time Olympic Champion has distinguished herself as a champion to thousands of under-served children through the Pat McCormick Educational Foundation. Through her newest project, the “Lil’ Champs” program, Pat is pooling the power of impressive former Olympians. On September 18, 2010, at the Long Beach Art Theatre, Pat and five legendary Olympians will be meeting with up-and-coming Olympic hopefuls, fans, students and families for an afternoon of fun and fundraising for Pat’s Lil’ Champs.
From 11am until 1:30pm, Pat brings you up close and personal with Olympic Gold Medal Winners including: Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast – Peter Vidmar, Olympic Gold Medal Decathlete – Rafer Johnson, Olympic Gold Medal Boxer – Paul Gonzales, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer – John Naber, and fellow Olympic Gold Medal Diver and former teammate – Sammy Lee. All of the Olympians will speak and answer your questions about their Olympic journey with a special pommel horse performance by gymnast Peter Vidmar.
Just as important as bringing hope to under-served youth, is mentoring the next generation of Olympic hopefuls. Pat enjoys working with young athletes and having them meet with the children in the Pat McCormick Educational Foundation Programs. Pat says that the dedication elite athletes put toward their school and sports is a great motivator and inspiration to the children helped by Pat’s Champs. By meeting up-and-coming elite athletes, Pat’s Lil’ Champs can see the type of excellence that they too are capable of achieving. This positive influence helps others to put their energy toward healthy activities like education and sports and say no to peer pressure, gangs, drugs and alcohol.
For more information on how you can meet Olympic Greats and help thousands of at-risk youth through Pat’s Champs, call the Pat McCormick Educational Foundation at 562-493-3733. And plan to attend the Afternoon with USA Olympians, Saturday September 18 from 11am-1:30pm at the Long Beach Art Theatre, 2025 East 4th St, Long Beach. Adult tickets $20, Child tickets $10.