Classroom Champions


Throughout the school year, we pair K-8 classrooms with athletes training for their national Olympic or Paralympic team - people who are experts in goal setting, perseverance, teamwork, and giving back to the community, who can challenge your students to implement these and other social emotional skills and mindsets to identify and accomplish their own big dreams.

Our education team will support you in planning and implementing the monthly lessons and projects provided by our vetted and trained athlete mentors. We will also conduct professional development on social and emotional learning and growth mindset, and invite you to our annual teachers’ summit in Calgary. You will also become a member of our vibrant continent-wide Professional Learning Network.

Classroom Champions programming costs are incurred by generous corporate, foundation, and individual donors and by partnering school districts. Teachers and students are never charged to participate.



While all teachers are invited to apply to Classroom Champions, our primary focus is on K-8 classroom teachers in publicly funded schools in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., our focus is on schools in which at least 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Teachers working with U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) worldwide are also eligible to apply.

In Canada, our focus is on schools that serve students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are located in a low-access rural areas, or that serve indigenous populations Click here to apply.


Athlete Mentor Lessons

We invite all educators, especially those whose schools do not qualify to be part of our full program, to make use of our amazing content as an open educational resource. Watch a video example below, or check out the full library here!

Keep an eye out on our social media for opportunities for teachers who are not part of our official teacher cohort. We are on Twitter at @ClassroomChamps or you could like Classroom Champions on Facebook.