During our lessons this week, we will talk about Jesse Owens and his Dedication to excelling in Track & Field. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“We all have dreams, but in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens (Olympic Gold Medalist — Berlin 1936)
Jesse Owens is a name that some of you may not have heard before. He is considered by many to be the greatest track and field athlete of the 20th century. At a track meet in 1935, he set 3 world records and equaled a fourth — all done within 45 minutes (the length of a Fundamentals lesson.) At the Berlin Summer Olympics in 1936, he earned 4 gold medals — for the 100 & 200 meter sprints, the long jump, and the 4×100 meter relay. He practiced track and field early in the morning with his coach, because he was also in college and worked a job after school to pay for his tuition. Track and field wasn’t a dream or hobby for Jesse Owens — he was dedicated to being the best athlete he could, and worked very hard at it.
- What do you think is the difference between a dream and reality?
- Can you make a dream — an aspiration you have for yourself — become a reality?
- Do you think Jesse Owens was dedicated to developing his abilities, or did he just run a lot faster than all his competitors?
Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Dedication, with our school community by using the form below.
If you would like to know more about Jesse Owens, please follow this link: http://www.jesseowens.com/