June 24, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. -
In recognition of the 2010 Olympic Day in the United States, Northern Illinois head track and field coach Connie Teaberry will speak to youth about the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship at the Kishwaukee YMCA in DeKalb, Ill. on Friday, June 25 at 1p.m..
Members of the Kishwaukee YMCA and youth throughout the community will be in attendance to hear Teaberry speak about her Olympic experience and the role the Olympic ideals has shaped her life. Between 150 and 200 youth, ages 5-14, throughout the DeKalb community are expected to attend the Olympic day celebration.
Speaking on the ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportmanship,
Teaberry feels very privileged to be able to share her experience with members of the community.
"I am honored that they would consider me to speak to the staff and kids at the YMCA," said Teaberry. "I think it is a great opportunity to get the Olympic experience and values out in the presentation, especially in this rural area. I am very excited about speaking about my experience, because I am not able to very often."
Teaberry joins Olympians and Paralympians from all different years, sports and backgrounds, in celebrating Olympic Day in local communities across the nation. Olympic day celebrations will take place from June 19-27 in 241 locations throughout the United States.
"I think this event is a chance for people to see and hear about what goes into the experience as an Olympian and my experience as an Olympian," said Teaberry. "Across the world, different athletes from different sports will share perspectives of what they had to go through and what they value and things that they did to get them where they were as athletes, ultimately making the Olympic Games."
Teaberry will be speaking on her experience at the 1992 Olympic Trials and the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1992, Teaberry placed 10th in the high jump at the Olympic trials. Four years later, Teaberry qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in Atlanta when she finished second in the high jump at the 1996 Olympic Trials. Teaberry went on to compete in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. where she tied for 15th in the high jump.
Olympic Day commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games, and is an international effort to promote Olympic ideals in local communities. In 2009, more than 155,000 people in 170 communities across the United States hosted Olympic Day celebrations. More than 200 Olympians and Paralympians joined together to lead youth in discussions of Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.