Springfield College Hosts Springfield Youth OlympicsUpdated August 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College hosted the sixth annual Springfield Youth Olympics on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Field House in the Wellness and Recreation Complex. The College, and the YMCAs of Greater Springfield and Greater Hartford jointly entertained approximately 500 youths participating in track, field, and other sport competitions.
The opening ceremonies were held on Friday, Aug. 10 also at the field house and featured greetings from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno's office, as well as speakers from Springfield College and both YMCAs.
"We always look forward to the Springfield Youth Olympics taking place on our campus,” said Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn. “It's one event that all of us at the College look forward to each year. It brings together the youth of the region and their families and friends experiencing healthy competition."
Saturday’s event featured basketball, volleyball, and track and field events. Shot put, long jump, triple jump, high jump, and a variety of different races also took place, including a 50-meter race for children ages 10 years old and younger. Participants received medals for first, second, and third place finishes. All individuals who took part in the games received a ribbon and free Springfield Youth Olympics T-shirt.
"This event is innovative, collaborative, and inspirational," said President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield Kirk Smith. "It advances the shared mission of Springfield College and the YMCA of developing the whole person in spirit, mind and body. It allows three great institutions to come together with the goal of exposing our youth to the power of growth and teamwork. We’re confident that, through our innovative collaboration, others will be inspired to join the cause to further strengthen our communities."