DisPatches, Winter 2001 - 2002
Adaptive PE Instructor will carry the torch
Jessica Naythons, an instructor in College of Marin's Adaptive P.E. program, as been selected as one of the bearers of the Olympic torch when it wends its way through the Bay Area in January, on its way from Greece to Salt Lake City.
Jessica was recommended by her students, who wrote letters of praise to the Olympic Committee, without her knowledge, extolling her many virtues and her work with disabled students.
Approximately three weeks before the torch's local arrival -- which may be January 17, 18 or 19 -- Jessica will receive her official jogging suit and her instructions as to when and where to meet the shuttle. She will carry the torch for two-tenths of a mile.
"I can handle that," she grins.
Jessica will also be taking a sabbatical next semester to pursue her study of therapeutic yoga and become, if such a thing is possible, and even better teacher.
One of the training sessions she plans to attend will involve living on a vegan diet in a yurt for 17 days. She promises not to make her students do likewise.