The LA84 Foundation and over 11,000 students will celebrate Olympic Day 2018 by partnering with 130 of Beyond The Bell’s elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District that are open for summer programing. Each school will receive an activation package including a welcome letter, a LA84 banner, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Olympic Day banner, instructions for team handball, and more! The schools will be celebrating on Friday, June 22. Officially, Olympic Day is Saturday, June 23. The overall theme of Olympic Day is for the children to Move, Learn and Discover.
Olympic Day is a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the joy of sport by millions of people around the world. An initiative stemming from the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Day was created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. Now, Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 every year all over the world. The worldwide celebration aims to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while also observing the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – are promoted in every corner of the globe. Olympic Day creates opportunities for people to participate in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
“We are proud to provide young Angelenos the chance to learn, take part in, and be inspired by Olympic Day and the values it supports,” said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “Every day is Olympic Day for the LA84 Foundation, and this opportunity will positively change the lives of the youth that we serve. The LA84 Foundation’s goal, play for all, aims to get every child life ready through sports, regardless of zip code.”
About Olympic Day in the United States
The United States began celebrating Olympic Day in 2009, and it has continued to grow each year. In 2017, more than 560,000 individuals participated in 2,400 Olympic Day celebrations all across the country. Host organizations and cities joined more than 950 Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and hopefuls in celebrating Olympism in their communities.
About LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sports programs and public education programs about the role of sports in positive youth development. The Foundation, with more than 30-years of on-the-ground experience, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. The LA84 Foundation levels the playing field so that sports are accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral part of American life. To learn more, visit www.la84.org and @LA84Foundation on Instagram and Twitter.