New Canadian Olympic School Program launches with Beijing
2008 Olympic Games Curriculum
RICHMOND, B.C., March 4, 2008 — The Canadian Olympic Committee
(COC) today celebrated the official launch of its 22nd annual
Canadian Olympic School Program. Students from Richmond's
Lord Byng Elementary School were introduced to the newly-themed
curriculum surrounding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
With the generous support of long-time sponsor RBC, the COC
expanded the program to include learning resources for Grades
2-12, and has created a new website for teachers and students,
focusing on lesson plans, athlete videos, polls, puzzles and
information surrounding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The new elementary curriculum features a series of Olympian
stories that focus on the Olympic Values of excellence, fairness,
personal growth, respect and leadership. Each story is written
at three different reading levels (Grades 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7),
and includes language arts focused learning activities for
The secondary curriculum is comprised of cross-curricular
project packs where students solve real life Olympic Games
problems. Each project pack contains background articles,
handouts, teaching tips, an evaluation rubric and a list of
links to provincial learning outcomes.
Olympians featured in this year's program include: Jennifer
Botterill (hockey), Alexandre Despatie (diving), Daniel Igali
(wrestling), Silken Laumann (rowing), Lawrence Lemieux (sailing),
Gary Reed (athletics) and Beckie Scott (cross country skiing).
The Canadian Olympic School Program has been providing teachers
with free bilingual classroom resources since 1988. It provides
top quality learning resources designed to meet provincial
learning outcomes, while engaging students in the excitement
of the Olympic Movement.
More information and downloadable lesson plans are available
The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible
for all aspects of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement,
including Canada's participation in the Olympic and Pan American
Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic
Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means.
For more information see the COC website: www.olympic.ca.
RBC (RBC) sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs
in local communities to national sport associations that support
the development of amateur athletes who compete at home and
abroad. RBC has sponsored the Canadian Olympic Committee since
1947, making it Canada's longest-standing supporter of the
Canadian Olympic Team. RBC continues this sponsorship through
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. RBC
is also a Premier Sponsor of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard
Team, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, Athletics Canada and
the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
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For more information, contact:
Canadian Olympic Committee
Phone: (416) 324-4146
Cell: (416) 806-3949
Manager, Media Relations
Phone: (416) 974-2124