Thu, February 15, 20188:00 AM - 3:30 PM
5061 Minnesota St SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Timely Presentation on Minnesota Olympians Coming to Grainwood Elementary
Author Patrick "Packy" Mader is excited to present at Grainwood Elementary to share stories of rural life and Minnesota Olympians at this opportune time during the 2018 Winter Olympics with the students and staff.
Packy brings large storyboards and many props to engage and educate students using his children's picture books. The Olympic multimedia Power Point presentations will feature 57 of Minnesota's most remarkable athletes in his recently published book Minnesota Gold who have competed on the world stage and highlight their stories, lives, challenges, perseverance, and achievements. Among the athletes profiled are Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson, now a star professional basketball player, who was a member of gold medal-winning Olympic teams in 2012 and 2016 and led the team in scoring in the gold medal game.
Athletes from the southern metropolitan area will be highlighted and include a variety of eras and sports. The 2018 Winter Games will feature Jessie Diggins, a 2014 Olympian from the Stillwater area, will be seeking to become the first American woman to ever medal in Olympic cross country skiing history. Jessie is one of the athletes featured in Minnesota Gold, Packy's full-color 400-page nonfiction book with 250 photographs where he interviewed more than 50 Olympians in person.
All of Packy's books are inspirational and have positive messages. They have lessons about sportsmanship and citizenship, two highly valued qualities in a person of any age.
Lindsay Whalen, a beloved basketball player from Hutchinson is embraced by Minnesota sports fans; Some of Packy's children's picture books with a Minnesota setting which celebrate rural traditions and lifestyle; Jessie Diggins, an exuberant athlete who graduated from Stillwater, is a candidate to win a medal in cross country skiing in the 2018 Winter Olympics.