RENO, Nev. (MyNews4 & KRNV) -- Six years ago, David Wise was a junior at Wooster High. Now, he is helping current eleventh-graders prepare for life after high school.
"What kind of people are they going to be and I had a couple of people when I was that age that really inspired me and said, 'Hey, you can do anything you want to do, just work hard and live the dream.'"
Wise was at Bishop Manogue High School to forward this same message. Wise is part of nearly a dozen inspirational speakers hitting 20 northern Nevada schools for Thursday’s Role Model Summit.
The Olympic gold medalist is not showing off his awards, glory or fame, but hopes these high school students just see him as a regular person. "I am a normal guy just like you are," said Wise. "You can do whatever you want in life."
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Glenn Carano is hosting the event. "You have some people here that people can relate to and David Wise is doing an outstanding job."
The Reno native said Thursday was all about inspiring young people to stay true to themselves.
"Realize that they are unique individuals and education, getting their high school degree and working hard is very, very important," said Carano.
"The world's going to tell you no, a lot, but I was one of those people who never took no for an answer," said Wise. "I think that’s important, perseverance is one of the most important things I ever learned."