Preparing Boys for Life

Lower School hosts special guest assembly with Olympic marathon runner

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Lower School enjoyed a virtual Special Guest Assembly with Olympic Marathon Runner Mohamed Hrezi. Hrezi competed in the 2016 Olympics and was the flag bearer for Libya at the Parade of Nations.

During the first half of the presentation, the boys were given an overview of the Olympic Games by Lower School Director of Student Life Maureen Finlan. They learned that the Olympic Rings are a symbol of the five continents that participate in the Olympics. The boys also learned that a marathon is 26.2 miles.

After the overview of the Olympic Games, Hrezi, who is the husband of first grade teacher Tasneem Drera, took center stage and shared his experiences with the boys. He explained his training regimen of waking up at 5 a.m. to run and then heading to work at Johnson & Johnson. Some of his favorite places to run are in nearby Philadelphia at the Forbidden Trail in Wissahickon Valley Park and at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, minutes from his home.

Following the synopsis of Hrezi’s work out plan, he encouraged the students to follow their dreams and discussed the importance of practice and hard work. He left the boys with a special message: “Do the things that you love and you will eventually grow into the person you are meant to be.”