Fifty kids had the chance to meet local Olympic athletes and participate in some of their sports at the Olympic day celebration in Chula Vista Friday.
The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, the South Bay Family YMCA and the San Diego Associations of Olympians came together for the festivities.
The event was held at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, formerly known as the Olympic Training Center.
Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people across the United States and more than 160 countries. San Diegans regularly participate in this event.
A former track and field Olympian and the current President of the San Diego Olympians and Paralympians Chapter, Erin Aldrich Sean, says the event is not just about sports, but also ethics and passion.
“We are here to inspire these kids and share the message about what Olympic Day is,” said Sean.
Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
Nicholas Long, who placed fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for BMX, is a San Diego native.
“Olympic Day is a special day to bring awareness to something I’ve dedicated my whole life to achieving, and I hope it inspires today’s youth to strive for something greater in life," said Long. "Don’t be afraid to push back and stand out.”
Community Rowing of San Diego, Inc will be celebrating Olympic Day with an event for Olympic Rowing Day on Saturday, June 24. It will be held at the National City Aquatic Center, located at the 3300 block of Goesno Place, National City, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
At this event you can learn more about one of the original sports in the modern Olympic era. All are welcome to participate in this “hometown” sport. Just bring casual workout attire. Every participant gets to take home a memento.
To see a map of all the organizations involved in Olympic Day 2017, click here.