UNR hosts Olympic Day Family Festival

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Updated: 6/25/2014 1:05 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- If you've ever wanted to try your hand at sports featured during the Olympic games or meet some of the areas Olympians and Paralympians, now is your chance.

The 4th annual Olympic Day Family Festival will feature curling, skiing, snowboarding, biathlon target shooting, track and field events, volleyball, badminton and lacrosse. The festival is being held June 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada campus and is free to the public.

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.

“The University of Nevada has been wonderful in providing a great venue in Mackay Stadium that gives kids the room to try some sports they may never have tried before”, said Jon Killoran, RTWGC Executive Director. “It’s a fun day and we’re thrilled to have some of our area’s Olympians and Paralympians join us to make the event truly special.”

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