Every now and then, Princeton Training Center athletes travel to different community schools to talk about our lives as professional athletes.
Today, seven of us visited the third-graders at Maurice Hawk Elementary School. As I walked into the school cafeteria, I realized this wasn’t the small classroom show-and-tell I was expecting: instead, we were talking to all eight 3rd-grade classes! Nothing makes you feel like a superstar than 200 eight-year-olds asking for your autograph!
Some of tallest guys on the team showed up– 6’11, 6’10, 6’8, and 6’6– and the kids all marveled at their height: “We feel like ants!”
We each talked about a different part of being an athlete: sleeping, eating healthy foods, stretching, listening to our coach, etc etc.
Jake Cornelius was last in line: “Now, all of this stuff is kinda important. But do you guys know the most important thing about being an athlete?”
The kids piped up: “Having fun!”
Jake: “That’s exactly right! Now, what are some ways we can have fun while we exercise?”
One kid shot his hand up in the air: “Eat cheese while we run!”
ummm… eat cheese? hmmmmm.
SO, if I’m ever tired, or depressed, just remind me to eat cheese!