COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Olympic worldwide sponsor Lenovo is partnering with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for the March edition of"Olympians in Life,"a free educational program available online at 188.8.131.52 for teachers of grades K-12. The month's lesson plans focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, which travels to its only stop in North America, San Francisco, Calif., on April 9, as well as the design of the Olympic Torch. In addition to its overall Olympic sponsorship, Lenovo is also a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and designer of the Olympic Torch and other torch relay components including the lantern that carries the"mother flame"and the city cauldron lit by the last torchbearer in each city. Teachers throughout the country are encouraged to utilize the lessons plans to promote Olympic Ideals and Values, while creating an excitement for the Olympic Torch Relay and the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games."Olympians in Life"resources are available to each of the four major educational strands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12."Lenovo's sponsorship of 'Olympians in Life' has given the USOC the opportunity to reach out to America's youth regarding the importance of the Olympic Ideals and the spirit of the Olympic Torch Relay,"said USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr."The Olympic Torch is recognized by countries throughout the world as a symbol of peace and tolerance, and by spreading its message through educational programs, Lenovo and the USOC hope to share the magic of the Olympic Movement with future generations."The Olympic Torch Relay lessons vary by core subject: - Social Studies: Emphasis on torchbearers throughout the years as well as the history of the Olympic Torch Relay
- Language Arts: Encourages students to examine a torchbearer's story and write an essay from the torch's point of view
- Physical Education: Centers around planning and running a simulated torch relay"As a worldwide partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and designer of the Olympic Torch, Lenovo is thrilled to bring the excitement of the relay to classrooms around the country,"said Scott DiValerio, Lenovo senior vice president and president, Americas."Our partnership with the USOC enables us to reach students around the country and bring to life one of the most symbolic events of our generation.""Olympians in Life"lesson plans for grades K-5 are interdisciplinary, and middle and high school students receive instruction according to the core subjects of language arts, social studies, math, science and physical education."Olympians in Life"resources also include support of Paralympic programming for kids with physical disabilities. For complete details and access to the Olympic Torch Relay"Olympians in Life"materials, visit 184.108.40.206 and click on Olympic Academy-Education and Outreach. The"Olympians in Life"program has also been promoted by the National Education Association (NEA) at www.nea.org/takenote/olympians.html. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation , Dance (AAHPERD) has notified its membership of more than 10,000 teachers, and the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) has sent out information to more than 500 state school superintendents. In addition to the curriculum program, Lenovo recently launched a nationwide contest that asks teachers to write an essay on"the most significant technological innovation of the past 25 years and how has it impacted our global society'"As part of the grand prize, an Olympic athlete will make an appearance at the winning school with an Olympic torch to bring the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay to life. More information is available at www.lenovo.com/essaycontest. The 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, co-sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Samsung and Lenovo, will begin with the lighting of the Flame in Olympia, Greece, on March 24, 2008. After its arrival in Beijing on March 31, the torch will start its journey on April 1, traveling to 21 international cities, including San Francisco, before returning to mainland China where it will traverse the country for more than three months. Having been carried by more than 21,000 runners, the Flame will enter the Olympic Stadium as part of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIX Olympiad on Aug. 8, 2008. For more information, please contact the USOC Media and Public Relations Division at (719) 866-4529.