I have a lesson plan in Helping Student Motivate Themselves about grit, and I also have related videos in The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”, as well as a number of fun “grit” videos in The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.
However, I wanted to find a few more, and thought that some athletic-related ones would be helpful. So I’ve found a few (along with Paul Tough clip I’m adding at the end). I hope readers will suggest more.
Here’s what I have so far:
Here are two versions of the famous clip showing Derek Redmond at the Barcelona Olympic Games. The first one is very well done. However, it has a soundtrack to the song “You Raise Me Up,” which is sung in many different situations, including in churches. In case people were concerned about showing a video with that sound track, the second video doesn’t contain it:
Of course, there’s the last race in the film, Cool Runnings:
I’m not sure where or when the race in this next video took place:
Students may not recognize a number of examples cited in this video, but it’s still worthwhile:
And then there’s the Paul Tough clip:
What other athletic feats of grit would you recommend?