Olympian pole vaulter inspires Henderson students


Henderson County students are literally jumping back into school.

Thursday morning, pole vault Olympian April Steiner-Bennett stopped by several Henderson county schools to teach kids how to fly.

April and the crew at Vault Safe have brought Stick Jumping to over 10,000 school children at elementary and middle schools across the United States this past year.

The students also Skyped with 2 pole vaulters who are currently competing at the Rio Olympics.

April said she does this to remind kids to never give up and go for your dreams.

“We are inspiring and motivating them and maybe giving them something they’ve never thought about,” said Steiner-Bennett. “Maybe they’re not going to be pole vaulters, but they’ll open up their eyes to something they’ve never tried and that’s the whole goal of these schools.”

April and other Olympians are in Henderson this weekend for the Jammin and Jumpin Pro-Elite Pole Vault Street Competition.

Pro-elite men and women will soar into the night sky on the Riverfront during the Bluegrass in the Park festival Friday and Saturday.





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