Steve Mesler Talks Fatherhood, Winning Olympic Gold, Classroom Champions & More

Steve Mesler talks to me about being a dad and the fun adventures he and his family have together. We talk about the values he looks to instill into his daughter and the lessons he learned from her. Steve talks about his Olympic experience and winning a Gold Medal. We also talk about the inspiration for starting up the Classroom Champions organization with his sister,   Dr. Leigh Mesler Parise. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. 

About Steve Mesler 

Steve is a leader that helped push his team to Olympic gold and now pushes his organization and others to succeed. With that same push, Steve and his sister, Dr. Leigh Mesler Parise founded Classroom Champions, an international EdTech non-profit organization that is improving student achievement and promoting school culture change with the help of hundreds of Olympians, Paralympians, NFL, NHL, and NCAA (student-) athletes. Classroom Champions Olympians, Paralympians, and college student-athletes mentor over 50,000 students annually, while the organization reaches more than 1,000,000 students through programs, online events, and online education content.

Mesler graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2000 with a degree in exercise and sport science. He was a Division I scholarship track and field athlete, competing primarily in the decathlon. Mesler is an All-SEC and an All-SEC academic award winner.  Mesler enjoys the mix of fear and adrenaline that he gets on a daily basis when bobsledding. After retiring from the sport, Mesler founded Classroom Champions, a non-profit organization that shares the Olympic ideals with young students across the nation using today’s most cutting edge technology.

Follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveMesler and check out his websites at and

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About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast 

The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.

7 thoughts on “Steve Mesler Talks Fatherhood, Winning Olympic Gold, Classroom Champions & More”

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this interview. I applaud Steve and his team on what they are doing for schools. It is wonderful to see people give back to the community.

  2. I am a big fan of Steve’s. This is another side of Steve that is great to learn about. Keep up the great work Steve.


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