Olympic cyclist discusses sports and fitness at CSUSB
Office of Strategic Communication
Two-time Olympic cyclist Giddeon Massie visited Cal State San Bernardino on Nov. 20, where he met and mentored students at the Youth Cycling Association “Ask an Olympian” event in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Theater.
The event was hosted by the students in Communications Studies 442 Public Relations Campaigns, taught by Jessica Nerren, full-time lecturer in the comm studies department. The appearance was supported by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) CSUSB chapter and also served as the club’s first annual meeting.
During his talk, Massie, who was accompanied by the Youth Cycling Association in a joint effort to open doors for future generations of cyclists, highlighted the importance of sports and fitness as well as opportunities in cycling.
When a student asked what a young person could get by being involved in sport or being on a team, Massie replied, “I think what we are deserving of is an opportunity, but we aren’t deserving of what the end result will be. If you don’t have to work for it then what is the point of doing it.”
Another student asked how a young person can tap in to their communication, goalsetting and team building skills. Massie answered encouragingly to always keep trying. “Never give up,” he said. “Olympic athletes are experts at failure. We fail like nobody’s business. But the reason we fail sometimes is that we are always trying to push the limit of what is possible.”
Massie’s visit is the second in a series of on-campus visits by accomplished cyclists as part of the Youth Cycling Association’s presence on campus.
Visit the Youth Cycling Association website to learn more about the program.
Visit the PRSSA CSUSB Chapter website for more information.
About Youth Cycling Association
Founded in 2019, Youth Cycling Association believes every child matters and deserves the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Through cycling, Youth Cycling Association is dedicated to addressing the political and sociological barriers that often cause youth to feel “less than” and can put up institutional barriers between juniors and the athletics they are interested in pursuing. Members are joined by a movement that coordinates and facilitates quality youth cycling programs that promote equal opportunities regardless of color, age, ethnicity or disability. Youth Cycling Association supports acceptance, youth involvement, acknowledgment, equality and diversity through the sport of cycling. Follow the Youth Cycling Association on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @YCAcycling.