One of the things that I always find interesting anytime there are big sporting events is being surprised when I find out the famous homeschooled athletes.
It’s so cool because seeing athletes who were homeschooled is just another way to get the word out about what a great option homeschooling is for some families.
I mean, if you are a child athlete or have other specific special needs, homeschooling seems to be the way to go, right?
The flexibility of homeschooling allows you to fit schooling into your schedule between sports workouts and trainings and events.
(Makes sense to me. You?)
Check out these famous homeschooled athletes. I think these successful homeschoolers may surprise you and your kids!
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7 Famous Homeschooled Athletes That May Surprise You
Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Shaun White, Snowboarding
(It’s like he’s . . . everywhere.)
Shaun first started snowboarding at age 6.
He was so good that just one short year later he already had sponsors!
(He’s also a skateboarder, FYI.)
So that he could focus on his training, Shaun completed independent courses at home through a public school (or schooling at home).
(This isn’t true homeschooling, but is a form of schooling at home.)
Shaun was born in San Diego, California.
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Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Serena Williams and Venus Williams, Tennis
Because of their rigorous tennis practices and traveling to their events, they found homeschooling to be a better fit than traditional public school.
Today, they are both some of the most successful tennis champions ever.
They are fan favorites all over the world and also represent strong female heroes in our history!
Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
She was homeschooled (along with her seven brothers and sisters).
“I didn’t push my kids to read or write.
I wanted them to be like children, playing outside, running and jumping and not sitting inside at a desk.
They got to be free, building their bodies, protecting their spirits and minds, and not being pushed or pressured…
There wasn’t a big push for them to read and write and do arithmetic.
I wanted them to learn how to get along and let life be the teacher.
Character-building was more important than academics.”
Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Hailey Langland, Snowboarding
Snowboarder Hailey Langland was born in San Clemente, California.
Hailey was 5 years old when she started snowboarding.
She went to public school until 9th grade, and then transitioned to homeschooling.
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Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Arielle Gold, Snowboarding
Lots of snowboarding homeschoolers, huh?
Arielle Gold is from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and started snowboarding at age 7.
She also has a brother (Taylor) who is a professional snowboarder.
Arielle attended a K12 online program at home in order to give her more time for training and also to make it easier when she traveled.
Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Nick Goepper, Freestyle Skiing
Nick Goepper was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He started skiing at age 5.
Nick attended a ski school in Oregon, but supplemented his academics with an online school from home.
Famous Homeschooled Athletes: Tim Tebow, Football
Tim Tebow was a Florida homeschooler who played public school football.
He actually has a law now named after him: The Tim Tebow Law.
Tebow went on to have a very successful career in both college football and the NFL
He is known for proudly taking a stand for his Christian beliefs, even while getting criticized for them.