COLORADO SPRINGS — Four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper (triathlon) knows it takes a village to help athletes live their ultimate dreams.
"Most Olympians get emotional on the podium because they're thinking of all of those, who actually helped them get to where they are," Kemper said.
Now more than ever, giving thanks deserves a little extra holiday consideration and that's where the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum has stepped in.
"We're creating the Order of Ikkos project to let members of the community know: Those teachers, parents, family members or siblings, I appreciate you, I'm thankful for you," Kemper said.
Using the positive message associated with the Order of Ikkos medal, Kemper has helped spearhead the local initiative, allowing schools and youth programs to share in the "giving season" by creating their own medals and stories of triumph.
"I think it's important, we don't give thanks enough," Kemper said. "Do it in a little medal or origami project that takes less than five minutes to do."
In what the organization hopes are the first of many medal ceremonies, the museum plans to hang the artwork for all to see. A showing of gratitude, for our golden future.
"We want a bunch of these medals hanging down from the hallway to say listen, you guys were a part of this, to say thanks," Kemper said.
To schedule a time for Hunter to speak with a class, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who take part can also present the medals at the museum from Nov. 27-29 to receive a 20% discount for the attending group.