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Annual “Olympic Day Family Festival” – meet local Olympians and try over a dozen sports


olympicdayreno2012-300x199-9231591-9564456Want to try curling, skiing, snowboarding or biathlon target shooting during the summer? How about trying more traditional seasonal sports like track and field events, volleyball or badminton and lacrosse? Then you’ll want to attend the 4th annual “Olympic Day Family Festival” this Saturday, June 28, at Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada campus. This free event, where the public can also meet some of our areas Olympians and Paralympians, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This fun day of sporting activity celebrates the anniversary of the birth of the modern day Olympic Games in 1894. Whether you are young or young at heart you can try over a dozen sports, many of which are part of the summer or winter Olympic Games.

“Seeing the look on kids’ faces when they try something and do well with it is what it is all about”, said Paul Heglar, Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC) Community Development Director. “Getting a chance to meet Olympians and Paralympians is also important, so they can learn about the power of Olympic values.”

Dean Willeford, a 1968 U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team member, Jill Savery, a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s synchronized swimming gold medal team at the 1996 Atlanta Games and 2000 U.S. Olympic women’s rowing team member in Sydney will all be on hand to meet attendees and share their experiences, while also unveiling the new Nevada Chapter of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association.

Olympic Day is celebrated by communities and countries around the world every year. The Olympic values of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship are highlighted with events and activities to mark 120 years of Olympic Games history.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.