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School Assembly

NYRR is delighted to offer a special assembly for New York City public schools presented by Olympic gold medal-winner Derrick Adkins. In this 30-minute session titled "The Olympic Mentality," Adkins explains what qualities support this mindset and how to develop them to succeed in school, sports, or life. Topics covered include:

  • Applying athletic focus to the classroom
  • Surrounding yourself with positive influences
  • Using failure as a motivational tool
  • The importance of being and eating healthfully
  • Recognizing opportunities and embracing new experiences


About the Assembly Sessions

Grade Level: Sessions are tailored for elementary, middle, or high school.
Size: Presentations can work for schoolwide assemblies or smaller groups.
Length: The session is typically 30 minutes long which includes time for a Q&A.
Cost: Free! NYRR will cover all costs of the presentation including transportation. There is no charge to the school.
Availability: Mr. Adkins is available Monday through Thursday throughout the summer. During the school year, he is available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays on a first-come, first served basis.
Registration: To schedule this session, call 646-758-9700.
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NYRR will provide all audio-visual equipment if needed.
Spread The Word: Download the Olympic Mentality flyer today!


About Derrick Adkins

Brooklyn-born Derrick Adkins grew up in Lakeview, Long Island. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors at Georgia Tech and was a four-time All American in the 400-meter hurdles. As a professional, Adkins won 400-meter hurdles titles at the 1994 and 1996 USA Championships, the 1995 IAAF World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden, and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Today, working for New York Road Runners, Adkins visits NYC public schools to motivate students toward scholastic and athletic achievement. He uses his experience as an achiever to share what he calls “The Olympic mentality,” which inspires and motivates students to reach their own personal bests in the areas of academic success, nutrition, and fitness.

Adkins has been named to the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, and Georgia Tech’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni.


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