david mechelle freeman FO webFourth- and fifth-graders at Fair Oaks Elementary received an inspirational boost this week from David and Mechelle Freeman, a husband-and-wife duo whose collective resumes include the roles of Olympian, entrepreneur, personal trainer and motivational speaker.

Speaking to the group of eager learners on Feb. 28, the Freemans told students how they can use goal setting to stay on track, find their purpose, and achieve their dreams. Through athletic and self-reflection exercises, the Freemans also discussed the importance of teamwork and positivity.

After representing the United States in track and field at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China, Mechelle founded TrackGirlz, an organization that seeks to empower women and girls involved in track and field to be their best. David, who played professional football in both Denmark and France, is now a Twin Cities-based personal trainer and motivational speaker.

During their visit to Fair Oaks, the Freemans encouraged students to think about their own dreams—helping them make the connection between being “purposeful” and being “driven.”

“You can do anything that you put your mind to,” said David. “Keep your purpose in mind and you can achieve your goals.”

PHOTO: David Freeman (standing, far left) and his wife, Mechelle (kneeling, first row center), pose with fourth- and fifth-graders at Fair Oaks Elementary on Feb. 28. During their presentation, the Freemans encouraged students to use goal setting to achieve their dreams.