Did you know that a French educator, Pierre de Coubertin, was the principal organizer of the modern Olympic Games? As part of his educational philosophy, Coubertin believed that sports and physical training played an important roll in the development of a student’s character. In 1894, Coubertin helped organize the modern Olympic Games, which were modeled after the Olympic Games of ancient Greece. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, in Athens, Greece. Today, the International Olympic Committee honors Pierre de Coubertin with an award named in his honor, the Pierre de Coubertin International Trophy for Fair Play. This award recognizes acts of sportsmanship in athletics. It was Coubertin who said, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part…” Let's remember the contributions of Pierre de Coubertin as we enjoy the 2022 Winter Olympics!