why athlete mentors?

Elite athletes practice hard work, dedication and perseverance on a daily basis. They understand how important these traits are, and also what it’s like to face adversity and to struggle.

By sharing their experiences, they lead by example, and help students understand and develop the skills necessary to thrive and succeed.

Through the utilization of the principles of sport, students can see effort, fair play, and teamwork in a visual way that helps them connect these ideals to their own lives.

athlete mentors

  • Chuck Aoki
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
    • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
    • Training Residence:
      Minneapolis, MN
    • Accomplishments:
      Paralympic™ Bronze Medalist, World Champion, Para Pan American Silver Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Megan Bozek
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Ice hockey
    • Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
    • Training Residence:
      Tampa, FL
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Silver Medalist, 3-time World Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Bailey Bram
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Ice Hockey
    • Hometown: Ste Anne, MB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      World Champion, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Tyler Carter
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Para-alpine Skiing
    • Hometown: Topton, PA
    • Training Residence:
      Winter Park, CO
    • Accomplishments:
      Paralympian™
    • Mentor Since: 2015
  • JR Celski
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Short Track Speed Skating
    • Hometown: Federal Way, WA
    • Training Residence:
      Salt Lake City, UT
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Silver Medalist, Olympic™ Bronze Medalist, 500m World Record Holder
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Jane Channell
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Skeleton
    • Hometown: Vancouver, BC
    • Training Residence:
      Whistler, BC
    • Accomplishments:
      World Cup Bronze Medalist, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Jesse Cockney
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Cross-country Skiing
    • Hometown: Yellowknife, NWT
    • Training Residence:
      Canmore, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, Canada Winter Games Gold Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Meryl Davis
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Figure Skating / Ice Dancing
    • Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
    • Training Residence:
      Canton, MI
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Gold and Silver Medalists, 2-time World Champions
    • Mentor Since: 2012
  • Sam Effah
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Calgary, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Toronto, ON
    • Accomplishments:
      2-time National Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Lex Gillette
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Raleigh, NC
    • Training Residence:
      Chula Vista, CA
    • Accomplishments:
      4-time Paralympic™ Silver Medalist, Para Pan American Gold Medalist, World Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Erin Hamlin
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Luge
    • Hometown: Resmen, NY
    • Training Residence:
      Lake Placid, NY
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Bronze Medalist, World Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2012
  • Akeem Haynes
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Calgary, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Phoenix, AZ
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Bronze Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2015
  • Sophia Herzog
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Paralympic Swimming
    • Hometown: Fairplay, CO
    • Training Residence:
      Colorado Springs, CO
    • Accomplishments:
      Paralympic™ Silver Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Brittany Hudak
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Cross-country Skiing & Biathlon
    • Hometown: Prince Albert, SK
    • Training Residence:
      Canmore, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Paralympian™, World Cup Gold Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Marsha Hudey
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Speed Skating
    • Hometown: White City, SK
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, World Cup Bronze Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Andrew Kurka
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Para-alpine Skiing
    • Hometown: Palmer, AK
    • Training Residence:
      Colorado, CO
    • Accomplishments:
      World Champion, Current Paralympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Brigette Lacquette
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Ice Hockey
    • Hometown: Dauphin, MB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      World Champion, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Segun Makinde
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Ottawa, ON
    • Training Residence:
      Ottawa, ON
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, World Championships Bronze Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Barrett Martineau
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Skeleton
    • Hometown: Calgary, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      National Champion, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Chris Mazdzer
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Luge
    • Hometown: Saranac Lake, NY
    • Training Residence:
      Lake Placid, NY
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, 7-time National Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Elana Meyers Taylor
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Bobsled
    • Hometown: Douglasville, GA
    • Training Residence:
      Colorado Springs, CO & Lake Placid, NY
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Silver Medalist, Olympic™ Bronze Medalist, World Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2013
  • Emily Nishikawa
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Cross-country Skiing
    • Hometown: Whitehorse, YT
    • Training Residence:
      Canmore, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, National Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Markeith Price
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    • Training Residence:
      Baltimore, MD
    • Accomplishments:
      2-time Olympian™
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Mimi Rahneva
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Skeleton
    • Hometown: Ottawa, ON
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      World Cup Gold Medalist, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Alex Rigsby
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Ice Hockey
    • Hometown: Delafield, WI
    • Training Residence:
      Madison, WI
    • Accomplishments:
      2-time World Champion, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Alysia Rissling
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Bobsleigh
    • Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      World Cup Bronze Medalist, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Michelle Salt
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Para-snowboarding
    • Hometown: Calgary, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Paralympian™, World Cup Bronze Medalist, National Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Justin Snith
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Doubles Luge
    • Hometown: Calgary, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympians™, World Champion Silver Medalists, World Cup Bronze Medalists
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Nic Taylor
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Bobsled
    • Hometown: Hayward, CA
    • Training Residence:
      Colorado Springs, CO
    • Accomplishments:
      America's Cup Champion, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Christian Taylor
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Track & Field
    • Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
    • Training Residence:
      Arnhem, Netherlands
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Gold Medalist, World Champion
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Sugar Todd
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Speed Skating
    • Hometown: Union, NE
    • Training Residence:
      Salt Lake City, UT
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, fastest 100m opener in US Women's history
    • Mentor Since: 2016
  • Scott Tupper
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Field Hockey
    • Hometown: Vancouver, BC
    • Training Residence:
      Vancouver, BC
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympian™, Pan Am Games Silver Medalist
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Carlo Valdes
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Bobsled
    • Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
    • Training Residence:
      Lake Placid, NY
    • Accomplishments:
      World Cup Gold Medalist, 2-time World Cup Silver Medalist, Current Olympic™ Hopeful
    • Mentor Since: 2017
  • Tristan Walker
    • Country: Canada
    • Sport: Doubles Luge
    • Hometown: Cochrane, AB
    • Training Residence:
      Calgary, AB
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympians™, World Champion Silver Medalists, World Cup Bronze Medalists
    • Mentor Since: 2014
  • Charlie White
    • Country: United States
    • Sport: Figure Skating / Ice Dancing
    • Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • Training Residence:
      Canton, MI
    • Accomplishments:
      Olympic™ Gold and Silver Medalists, 2-time World Champions
    • Mentor Since: 2012

Are You a World-Class Athlete?

Classroom Champions athlete mentors give back to the community, have a positive impact on children and youth, feel inspired through their work with students and teachers, and also have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for success in life after sport.

Making mentorship easy by leveraging technology in athletes’ smartphones, athletes can mentor hundreds of students over an entire school year in the same amount of time it takes to visit one school, one time.

Classroom Champions’ mentor development program helps athlete mentors to cultivate and master all of the skills that the World Economic Forum has identified as the Top 10 skills needed in the 2020 job market.

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