Students at the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester will get a chance to meet with a real life champion Wednesday, as Wesley Korir, the winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon, pays a visit to the school.
Korir, who is also a member of Kenya’s parliament, is expected to talk with the students not only about his athletic success, but the work he has done in the classroom.
“We want the students to know that they can do whatever they want to do,” explained John Hanlon, CEO of the Boston Scholar Athlete program, which is sponsoring the event.
Close to 600 students are expected to participate in the assembly.
“His message is really in line with our mission of providing opportunities through athletics,” said Hanlon. “We’re hoping his message is going to come across loud and clear to the students and hopefully some of them will see that they can grow beyond their neighborhood.”
Korir first came to the United States in 2004 after being accepted to Murray State University in Kentucky. He later left the school to attend the University of Louisville, where he graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
The Boston Scholar Athletes program was launched in 2009 to help public school students in the city of Boston excel both on and off the field.