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A for Athlete is spouting its A-B-C Book with Swim & Water Polo Camp Summer Dreamers.

This A for Athlete project, associated with CLOH.Org (Creating Literate Olympians Here) is just hatching. In the summer of 2015, this A for Athlete wiki contains a literacy project for Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo Camp.

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Swim & Waterpolo Camp’s “A for Athlete” literacy component for Summer Dreamers Academy 2013

Title of Writing Project: A is for Athlete, 2013

Our A is for Athlete enrichment activity gives a theme for our youth-base writing project. It has flexibility and allows campers to choose within a defined set of options, in order that they feel invested in the project.

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Game Day on August 2, 2013.

Brief Description of Process (what will campers be doing?):

Each camper squad of 20 students, plus coaches and a teacher, gets to make its own A-B-Cs with 3-foot tall letters, decorated with a theme as per the squad’s brainstorming and collaboration. They’ll use action words, perhaps some foreign language words too, and then build both online (wiki) and physical A for Athlete books with photos of the kids and their letters.

Later, the finished letters will be placed at different places along the 1-mile road race -- the Liberty Mile. Then runners can run the A-B-Cs all the way to the finish at “Z.” Then next year, we’ll have the A-B-Cs mark different miles along the 26 mile Pittsburgh Marathon.

Our vocabulary will become robust with sports terms and jargon for the physical activities that we do in the pool, on the track and with overall fitness.

Brief Description of End Product (what will campers have created at the end of camp?):

We’ll create multimedia on wiki pages, web pages and on-demand books that cover the A-B-Cs of our team. A for Athlete books will have different flavors, each with its own team of creators.

Questions/Concerns/Areas Where you Anticipate Needing Support:

Need a partnership with Lamar Advertising to get the canvas. PPS could help. Need tons of SHARPIE markers and perhaps some paint. Need some photocopy help to get the concept to the students and people at home in the first week for prototypes, brainstorming, collaboration. We could use some help with loaner digital cameras, iPads, web access for research, laptops, WIFI and storage at the schools in our classrooms.

It would be GREAT to have some lumber supplies so that the finished works can be mounted on a firm backing and then strung with wire at different larger locations around the city from time to time.

Recap: We would love to have PPS provide us with a TON of sharpie markers, allowance for the purchase of some wood backing, wire to secure the letters and space for storage. Plus, we’ll want to make some photocopies of the drafting worksheets.

In the end, we’ll seek some places to display the ABC, much like the Dino creatures. But we can worry about that in August.


Each student is the master of one of the letters, if not two. So the final say for the ONE letter rests fully with the individual. Then some of the letters get a small group treatment. The whole class gets to offer suggestions to all the efforts in brainstorm and collaboration stages. Others can dabble and spruce up finished concepts as we plug away to the end of camp. The creative parts are putting the letters together to make words: A for Athlete, R for Run, S for Swim, T for Team, U for Underwater, V for Victory, W for Wave, X for …. etc.


Typical steps to writing includes: Brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising and publishing. We expand the process above to include: collaboration, team theme crafting, research, a confirmation/validation process, translating, font selection, cutting of canvas/vinyl, creation, sketching, rendering, coloring, photographing, finishing, staging, displaying, installation and deinstallation and wiki writing.

Outcome and culminating events:

The work that campers are doing each day comes to a showcase of the A-B-C and our end of season competitions. The writing component supports and enhances our existing plans. Our culminating event, a one-mile road race, will be broken into 26 segments. Runners will be able to breeze through the A-B-Cs as they go along the race.


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Wikipedia has standards, this wiki doesn't.

To merit a page for an athlete or coach in Wikipedia, sportspeople must have played in a fully professional league, or a competition of equivalent standing in a non-league sport such as swimming, or at the highest level in mainly amateur sports, usually considered to mean the Olympic Games or World Championships. Here at, not so much.

A for Athlete, founders of Olympicpedia

Olympicpedia was a eight week technology, sports and language day camp that ended July 31, 2008 held at Pittsburgh's CyberConXion (now closed). The camp concluded with more than 1,000+ pages created and its main participants headed to Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Sadly, the wiki, A for Athlete, was (and is) not visible in China (also known as CHN) Flag of the People's Republic of China. So, for the duration of the 2008 Olympics, few updates to this wiki were made.


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