Olympic Day Kicks Off In Fulton

6 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 22 2012 Jun 22, 2012 Friday, June 22, 2012 10:22:00 AM CDT June 22, 2012 in News
By: Tatiana Darie

FULTON- Tons of kids gathered together in the gym at the YMCA in Fulton on Friday morning to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Olympic Day.

The City of Fulton and the YMCA of Callaway County, in collaboration with the United States Olympic Committee, are hosting this event to celebrate sports in a big way.The event invites all kids ages 8 to 14 to come along and compete in the sports activities. The top three finishers of each game will be awarded a gold, silver, or a bronze medal. Also, every kid will get a goodies bag that includes an American flag, a mini Olympic Day tattoo, an Olympic Day certificate and two pictures with the two Olympians who attended the event to share their experience at the Olympics. Terin Humphrey, a two-time silver medalist gymnast at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece is one of the special guests today. 

"Everybody when they are little they wanna be there and compete for the Olympics.. It takes so much sacrifice. I worked for about 20 years for 40 hours a week just to compete at one event... But it's a dream come true to actually be there," said Humphrey.

Derrick Peterson, who is an 2004 Olympian in indoor 800 Meters for men's track and field, also said he is glad to be there and motivate the kids to get involved in sports.

"Anytime that I can encourage other young kids to get involved athletically. educate them on the Olympic experience has me pretty excited," Peterson said.

 Mizzou Athletics Director of Nutrition Jana Heitmeyer and Missouri State Activities Association Associate Director Harvey Richards will host a session on nutrition and sportsmanship later on the day.

Daren Wernig, the public relations spokesperson in Fulton, was the one who came up with the idea.

"Fulton was the birth place of a great Olympian Helen Stephens and also with that and the focus on nutrition, fitness we felt like this is a great opportunity to have a great event during the summer when a lot of times kids are looking for things to do," Wernig said.

The event takes place at the YMCA in Fulton till 3:30 Friday afternoon. For more information about the event, you can go to www.fultonmo.org/olympicday

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