Tag: effort

Jennifer Bricker – Gymnast Born Without Legs Shows That ‘Everything is Possible’

The story of Jennifer Bricker is one of the most amazing ones we have have ever featured on IMK! It is full of both great life lessons and great surprises. It is a story everyone should know. Jennifer was born in Romania without any legs. She was later adopted by a… Read more »

Quotes for Kids About Grit

Have you ever had a big goal? Like running a 5K race? Building a go kart? Learning a new instrument? Becoming an actor or actress? Getting a perfect grade in one or more of your classes? Sometimes, new things like this can feel very hard. They push us and challenge… Read more »

Mikaela Shiffrin – Olympic Ski Champion Did It With Hard Work

Mikaela Shiffrin is a world champion US Olympic skier and the youngest World Cup ski champion in the history of the USA.  Yet, her goal has never been to win championships but just to keep getting better at what she does. So, how did Mikaela become so good at what… Read more »

Mikaela Shiffrin – USA’s Youngest Ski Champion Did It With Hard Work

Mikaela Shiffrin is now a 21 year old girl from Colorado.  She is also the youngest World Cup ski champion in the history of the USA and a 3 time winner of the World Cup.  Yet, her goal has never been to win championships but just to keep getting better… Read more »

Great Quotes for Kids About Hard Work and Doing Your Best

Sometimes, doing your best work or trying your hardest at something is difficult.  It may have to do with trying to do something new for the first time, like a new sport or activity at school.  It may have to do with doing homework for a subject that is not… Read more »

Zion Harvey – New Hands and New Hope!

Nine-year-old Zion Harvey from Maryland is, hands down, one of the most amazing kids you’ll ever meet! He recently made medical history as the first child to have double hand transplant surgery! When Zion was a toddler, his hands and feet had to be removed due to a bad infection. While… Read more »

Katie Ledecky – Olympic Champion Has No Secret to Her Success

Katie Ledecky, from Bethesda, Maryland, is still a teenager, yet she has won 5 Olympic Medals and 9 World Championships in her sport of swimming! How did she do all of this at such a young age? The secret, according to Katie, is that there is no secret! For one… Read more »

Chelsea Werner was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that can cause certain medical issues including low muscle tone.

Shortly after she was born, Chelsea’s parents decided to get her into gymnastics to help build her muscles.  After a long search, they found a great coach who was willing to teach her.

When she started off, Chelsea had trouble with even the simplest exercises.  She struggled badly.  Yet this did not stop her, it only caused her to want to practice more.  She found that the harder she worked, the more she improved.  Over many years, she increased her practice time from 1 hour a week to over 12 hours a week!

Chelsea went on to compete against other children with Special Needs and is now a 4 time Special Olympics USA National Champion.  More recently, she has competed against typical children in USA Gymnastics events.  And above all, she remains a super nice, caring and happy person.

Chelsea is a great role model for all children to be the best they can be.  Every day she shows the power of hard work, focus and passion.

Watch and learn more about Chelsea’s inspiring story thanks to The Today Show:

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Topics for Discussion:

  • How would you describe Chelsea’s attitude and what role has it played in her life?
  • Do you think of Chelsea as having a disability?
  • What is one lesson you can learn and apply in your own life from Chelsea?

Take Action:

  • Learn more about the Special Olympics and explore ways to get involved
  • Find a child with special needs in your school or neighborhood and try to become their friend.
  • Think about a big goal that you have.  It could be for school, for family, or any other important area of your life.  Write it down, using this goal worksheet or create your own worksheet.  Keep track of your progress, stick with it and reward yourself when you have completed it.  Keep doing this and you will be surprised at how much you can achieve.

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