Are you ready for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics? I love when they roll around, because this is an event that unites the world. Also, with so much darkness recently, a little unity can’t hurt.
While I can definitely do without the controversies and security threats, the event in itself is incredible to say the least. To see all of these amazing athletes from around the world proudly representing their countries gives me chills.
The Olympics is an awesome letter writing theme to bond with your child!
Last week I used this theme in a letter to Lucky, and it is so easy to incorporate all four points of Compassion’s holistic model. This letter is a gift that can keep on giving, because you can later write about results, and the inspirational stories that will come out of the Olympics. I loved this theme so much, I wanted to share it with you today.
Here are ideas on how to draft your Olympics letter:
First of all, you can give a brief introduction and history to the Olympics.
Another idea is to discuss Rio and Brazil. And if you sponsor a child in Brazil – this will really be an excellent topic to bond over.
Maybe tell your child about your favorite event, favorite Olympian, or any personal story you have about the Olympics.
I also researched how many Ugandan athletes qualified and in what events to tell Lucky. While researching, I learned so much about Uganda’s history at the Olympics. Showing a sincere interest in your child’s culture shows them respect and most importantly helps strengthen your bond.
As I learned about the Ugandan Olympians, I chose one as a focus that I felt Lucky would relate to most of all. If you sponsor in Uganda, I definitely recommend writing about marathon runner and gold medalist, Stephen Kiprotich. He is such an inspiration!
Another recommendation is if you sponsor a girl, definitely write about a strong female athlete to empower them as a young woman.
I am going to skip ahead for just a minute. I created two full page photo collages comprised of pictures I found online of the Ugandan Olympians to attach as photo pages to my letter. In my letter, I encouraged Lucky to look at the athletes and notice their drive, intensity, and motivation.
The athletes were my tool to teach Lucky that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. I told him that these athletes do not give up, and I never want him to give up. Setting high goals, working hard to achieve them, learning from losses, and being humble and grateful in successes are all points I tried to emphasize.
Bible Verse to go along with this letter:
In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for men. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (ICB)
Finally, tell your child you believe in them!