Nametags Assembly Program

One Revolution’s Nametags™ Assembly Program, uses accomplished Paralympic Athletes to draw on their stories of success in the face of adversity.  The 45 minute assembly uses our motto, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you,” and teaches students the 4 Ss of Resilience, questions we ask ourselves when things go wrong.  Our intentionally universal message encourages students to apply our tools in resilience to see obstacles as opportunities for growth and learning instead of roadblocks.   We all face challenges. How we address our challenges determines our success.  

Nametags Assembly Program looks at the labels, often the limitations, we put on ourselves and others.  Presenters inspire students to challenge those  limitations, encouraging them to create Nametags - concrete representations of the goals they want to pursue and the people they want to become.

Program Facts

  • Grade Level: Best suited for 3rd grade and above
  • Length: 45-60 minutes including question and answer
  • Audience size: 15 - 1,000+
  • Equipment Needs: Requires slide show display and audio
  • Curriculum Integration: Supplemental, comprehensive programming is available

Teacher Resources

Program Goals



Presenters teach students tools for resilience and how to apply them to the obstacles they face.



Challenge students to identify the genius that lies within.

Presenters recount ways in which they have applied the 4 Ss of Resilience to overcome obstacles in their own lives and encourage students to use those same tools to confront their challenges.

4 Ss of Resilience™

  1. Self – Am I a victim or survivor?
  2. Situation – Is it overwhelming or a challenge?
  3. Support – Am I alone or part of a team?
  4. Strategies – Is there more than one approach?

-Created by Donna Volpitta Ed.D

Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Our Presenters illustrate how labels, or Nametags define the way that we think about ourselves and others.  Presenters use real life experiences that show how labels can often be limitations.

Our Presenters illustrate how labels, or Nametags, can blind us to what’s great in others and ourselves. They use real life experiences that show how labels can often eb limitations and encourage the students to follow their passions and dreams to find their personal geniuses.  

Students will be pushed to recognize that everyone struggles. Nametags presenters open up about the details of their past and help students understand why being accepting of others’ differences is so important.  

The program encourages students to step out of their comfort zone and ask questions to learn more about their fellow students.  When students learn more about each other, the better their understanding of what they have in common, as opposed to focusing on the differences that separate them, building a more inclusive community.

By definition, disabled means able to do less.  Presenters achievements do not fit the perception of disability, quietly changing perceptions of people with disabilities and limitations. 

One Revolution’s mission is to turn perception of disability upside down.  We believe, at our core, that sharing our stories and allowing students to see our struggles creates a deep human connection.  This connection allows students to see themselves in the presenter, changing their perception of disability by focusing on the similarities that connect them. 


Encourage students to see others for their unique genius.



Presenters challenge traditionally held beliefs about what it means to be “disabled".

Disability Goal

Program Creators

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D.


  • Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Author, The Resilience Formula
  • Founder, The Center for Resilient Leadership
  • Author, Pathways to Empower Curriculum
  • Creator, URBrand App
  • Expert,
  • Board Member, Kids Helping Kids
  • Global Presence Ambassador, Parenting 2.0
  • Life Skills Coach, Ya That Game 

Chris Waddell, Paralympian


  • Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion
  • Thirteen Paralympic Medals
  • World Champion in both winter and summer sports
  • Most medals of any male monoskier in Paralympic history
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Middlebury College
  • First Ambassador International Paralympic Committee
  • Founder One Revolution Foundation
  • First nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame & US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
  • People Magazine “50 Most Beautiful People”

Areas We Serve

Los Angeles


New England


San Diego





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