One of the most memorable moments of the 2014 Sochi Olympics for our family was watching my fellow Team Kelloggs and Team USA athletes Meryl Davis and Charlie White skate their way to a gold medal in ice dancing.
You see, through our partnership with Kellogg's (an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams) I had the super-awesome opportunity of wishing Meryl and Charlie well and also allowed me the "once in a lifetime" chance to skate with them on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, while taping this segment for the TODAY Show in NYC.
Okay, I lied. I was in charge of watching everyone's stuff (stupid borked-up back) and WOO-HOO-ing the loudest, take a look:
I am very happy to be able to tell you that Meryl and Charlie are just as down to Earth and awesome in person, as they seem on and off the ice. Both are proving to be really great role models for kids, too.
Especially young adults, who are struggling in school (Meryl was diagnosed with dyslexia and battled with reading until the 11th grade) and perhaps are having a hard time believing in their own aspirations.
I know, because each and every one of my kids has struggled with self-belief (still do, DAGNABIT!) and it doesn't get any easier in high school.
Inspired by Meryl's and Charlie's story, we've teamed up to create a little video for the Kellogg's #GreatStarts campaign to help illustrate the every day challenges (and tribulations) of the average teen, like:
- Glen (he's 15): sharing his best advice for teens entering high school, while channeling Jim Carrey.
- Heather (she's 18): sharing her best advice on how you CAN SO survive the college application process, turns out the waiting is the hardest part.
- Holly (she's 20): a special message for teens who aren't quite sure if they even want to go college.
- Hope (she's almost-13, because almost totally counts!): on surviving "Ohhhhhh, the drah-muhz!" of middle school.
Oh, and ALL four of them are sharing some of their favorite childhood moments, because sometimes teens remember the good stuff, too.
I am VERY PROUD to partner with the 2014 Team Kellogg’s athletes in helping to provide breakfast for children in need: It’s super easy, just simply watch their Start Stories and see how you can help us make a difference.
I am also so very glad the kids and I got the chance to work on this project, together. Especially, twenty years from now, when I'm all like...SEE!!!...we DID SO have fun...when sharing family stories with my grandchildren, who will like me WAY better than their parents ever did...oh yes, THEY WILL...promise.
Disclosure: As a K-Champs blogger, I am honored to partner with Kellogg's in helping families (like mine) achieve great starts to their days. I am being compensated for my services for the length of the program. As always, the words and opinions expressed here are mine.