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The ‘Missing Ingredient’ Youngsters Can Find On a Pole-Vault Runway

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A report says the grit needed to persevere through challenging activities, such as  pole-vaulting, is a missing ingredient in today’s youth. Shown: Alyssa Wheeler, a state champion and nationally ranked vaulter from Wichita, Kan.

Is good old-fashioned grit the missing ingredient in today’s youth?

Yes it is, according to a report on today’s National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.  

In a segment titled, “Does Teaching Kids To Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?” reporter Tovia Smith says, “Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.”

NationalPublicRadioIn the interview, Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says, “This quality of being able to sustain your passions, and also work really hard at them, over really disappointingly long periods of time, that’s grit. It’s a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds.”

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It takes a lot of old-fashioned grit to learn to pole-vault.

Reporter Smith adds, “Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.” Then the reporter asks: Can grit be taught?

According to author Grant Overstake, the answer to that question can be found in a sport where youngsters are learning to face their fears, overcome obstacles, and triumph over gravity.

Raise the Bar Pole Vault Club “I think pole-vaulting is one of the greatest ways for a young person to develop grit,” Overstake says, “because it takes tremendous courage and self-will to keep going higher and higher over a rising crossbar. Grit is a great word to describe what all great and future great pole-vaulters have in abundance.”

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Help a Youth Soar with a ‘Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award’

TaviaforBlogHeaderScholarshipAwardWithout the timely support of a few key members of her caring community, storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele would never have vaulted over the moon.

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Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Awards will be presented to youth with the courage of pole-vaulting’s favorite storybook heroine.

But because the right people stepped up at just the right time, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas soared to amazing heights and became a shining example of courage and perseverance for young people everywhere.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of one determined teenager’s triumph over gravity whose life was changed by people who cared. Now you can help a worthy youngster soar with a “Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award” presented in your honor for a gift ranging from $200 to $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for a bighearted person to make a real difference at just the right time in a young person’s life,” said author Grant Overstake. “I know there are grown ups out there who remember that one person who gave them a boost just when they needed it. This is a chance to repay that act of kindness.” Continue reading


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Great Gift Idea! Support Maggie, Get a Subscription to Vaulter Magazine!

Vaulter Magazine is a proud supporter of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Vaulter Magazine is a proud supporter of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

Vaulter Magazine is offering a one-year subscription valued at $155 for a pole-vault fan who contributes $140 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

VaulterMagAdVaulter Magazine is eager to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

Vaulter Magazine captures the awe-inspiring world of pole-vaulting like no other publication, with timely feature articles and coaching advice. It also features stunning glossy photographs of high school, college, professional and masters competitors.

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Campaign Perk: Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz Offers Summer Camp Discounts!

EliteSportz has trained more State Qualifiers than any other club in Texas, including two State Champions and two State Records in 2013.

Vaulters are participating in spring break camp this week at EliteSportz, which has trained more state qualifiers than any other club in Texas, including two State Champions and two State Records in 2013!

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Serious jumpers, serious coaching, seriously… The coaching staff at Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz is very serious about helping vaulters of all skill levels jump higher. If your ready to jump high, willing to work for it and want to be the best you can be, there’s no better choice in the Lone Star State.

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Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz pledged 3 Summer Camp slots to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

In fact, Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz has trained more State Qualifiers than any other club in Texas!

That’s why we’re seriously delighted to announce that they have joined the campaign to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce the pole-vault novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, on audiobook!

Coach George Rodriguez has pledged three 3-Day Summer Vault Camps valued at $325 for a $300 pledge to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign. The camps include food and lodging with six start dates from June 9th to Aug. 15Th, 2014, in Fort Worth.

“This is a great offer for a great cause,” Coach Rodriguez said, adding, “I encourage you to take action today.”

Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign will last through March 31st, but these camp slots will go quickly. Here is the link to the campaign site. Click here to claim your discounted camp!

Spring Break vaulters are receiving safe and expert instruction this week at the EliteSportz facility in Fort Worth.

Spring Break vaulters are receiving expert coaching at the EliteSportz facility in Fort Worth.

In addition to the camp discount, you’ll be named as a co-producer in the introduction of the audiobook, appear on Maggie’s popular blog and Facebook sites, and you’ll help lift the sport of pole-vaulting to new heights. Continue reading


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Get a Great Deal on a Skypole and More from Gill Athletics!

Gill Athletics is Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Gill Athletics is Grand Prize Sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

POLE-VAULTERS AND COACHES!

GILL ATHLETICS is the Grand Prize Sponsor for the ongoing Maggie Vaults Over the Moon Audiobook Crowdfunding Campaign.

The Grand Prize includes a Mean Green Skypole, a 15-foot Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of the new Ninja Grip Tape in exchange for a $400 campaign pledge.

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Everyone Jumps Higher at Tailwind Pole Vault Camps!

Everyone jumps higher at Tailwind Pole Vault Camps!

Even without their poles, everyone jumps higher at the always fun and inspiring Tailwind Pole Vault Camps.

Just as sure as temperatures will skyrocket on the Kansas prairie this summer, vaulters will leap to new heights at Tailwind Pole Vault Club Summer Camps.

Tailwind Pole Vault Club founder and coach Mark (Doc) Breault.

Tailwind Pole Vault Club Coach Mark (Doc) Breault.

In fact, tiny Jamestown, Kansas should change its name to PR City, because more than 90 percent of all vaulters soar to Personal Records in the cool, shady indoor facility at Tailwind Pole Vault Camps.

“There’s something magical about the atmosphere at Tailwind Pole Vault Club,” says author Grant Overstake. “The coaching is positive, the athletes are positive, and the results are amazing. It’s the kind of place that vaulters travel thousands of miles to come to and never want to leave.” Continue reading


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Support Maggie, Get ‘The Unfair Advantage!’ at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp!

Proud sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Proud sponsor of Maggie’s Campaign.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Club has pledged five 3-Day Summer Vault Camp slots, valued at $425, for vault fans who contribute $375 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

Coach of champions, Rusty Shealy.

Rusty Shealy has coached many champions, including Sandi Morris, a junior at Arkansas, who finished 4th at the 2014 USATF Indoor Nationals with a soaring vault of 14-feet, 9.5 inches!

Coach Rusty Shealy is eager to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience.

These awesome camps include meals and lodging and will be held on multiple start dates in June and July. The campaign is going on now through March 31st. Here is the link to the campaign site.

“Having Maggie in audio form will be a tremendous tool for our athletes,” Coach Shealy said. “Many travel two to three hours each way for a two hour practice. This will be a great opportunity to listen to the audio version on practice days, preparing them mentally as they embark on their own epic quest. I am excited and eager to hear it myself.” Continue reading