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Classroom Champions – Calgary, AB (February 1, 2016) – Paralympic Snowboarder, Michelle Salt, is taking time out of her training to make a special appearance at Dr. Gordon Higgins School. Salt has been mentoring students throughout the school year as part of her involvement with Classroom Champions. During the fall of 2015, Michelle challenged Classroom Champions students to design her new 2016 World Cup Snowboard. Today we will unveil the design and introduce the winning artist.

Classroom Champions is a non-profit organization which connects top performing athletes with students in schools across Canada, the US and Costa Rica to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big while educating them in the practical use of communications technology. Video lessons complemented by curriculumbased activities delivered throughout the school year build a powerful relationship between students and their Athlete Mentors.

Every month, Michelle has been delivering new lessons based on the Classroom Champions’ themes via video. Six classrooms in two area schools will have the opportunity to learn about goal setting, perseverance, and leadership from the world’s best athletes. Classroom Champions and a group of dedicated Athlete Mentors are taking an active role in education, allowing students at Calgary and throughout North America to experience the power of sport throughout the school year. This is Michelle’s second year in the program as an Athlete Mentor.

We hope you can join the students, teachers and Michelle for this announcement.

WHO: 2014 Paralympic Snowboarder, Michelle Salt
Mr. Norm Wong, Grade 9 Dr. Gordon Higgins School
Ms. Navjot Munzal, Grade 9 Student
Mr. Steve Mesler, President & CEO, Classroom Champions & Olympic Gold Medalist
Dr. Gordon Higgins School, 155 Rundlehill Dr NE, Calgary, AB
Friday, February 5, 2016
835am – Arrival
9:00 am – Welcome & Introduction by Steve Mesler
9:05am Michelle Salt to speak about the Program, her inspiration for the contest
9:20am – Interview opportunities

About Classroom Champions

Classroom Champions is a non-profit organization founded by 2010 Olympic gold-medalist Steve Mesler and Leigh Mesler Parise, PhD. Leveraging the latest technology and donating it to participating schools, Classroom Champions partners with teachers in schools and transform their learning environment to enable students to thrive. The organization provides Olympian and Paralympian Mentors to classrooms of students for the course of an entire school year, trains and supports teachers to implement character lessons into the curriculum and engages families to continue the learning at home. Classroom Champions has grown from its U.S. beginnings to reaching thousands of students in schools and classrooms in Canada, the U.S.A., and Costa Rica. Classroom Champions is the only North American organization to be awarded the 2012 World Fair Play Diploma for classroomchampions.orgPromotion of Fair Play by UNESCO’s International Fair Play Committee. For more information on the program, participating Athlete Mentors, and its funding partners, as well as a view of Classroom Champions at work in the
schools, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Comeau
Community Manger: