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Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom
Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On a recent afternoon, third graders at Eastside Elementary in Cobb County practiced running hurdles from Kevin Young - 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles.

He towered over them, but his lesson on hard work and focus reached the level their teacher Kim Judge wanted them to learn.

"You need to make a schedule; you need to stick to it. You need to be organized," said Judge.

Judge continually talks of athletics.

"I've always been involved in sports. Basketball was my favorite, and track," said Judge. "If I didn't have the education component and do well in school, then the track would have been much more difficult."

She made all-conference at North Carolina State University for track and cross country.

As a teacher, she's big on sports lessons, such as teamwork.

"One person doesn't decide the outcome. Everybody has a certain role to play," said Judge.

She also believes sports teach kids discipline and she thinks it's a quality all kids need. She recalls discipline as a crucial part of her college experience.

"You had to fit in everything. Fit in the running, the practice, the meals, and the sleep and finish all your work," she said.