Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County & Northwest Indiana Partner for 2nd Annual Olympic Day

By: Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Last Updated: June 12, 2015

bgc-balloon-launchBoys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana and Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County are uniting for our 2nd Annual Olympic Day at Riverview Park, 2701 Ripley Street in Lake Station, Indiana.

Olympic Day commemorates the birth of the modern day Olympic Games over 100 years ago! Thousands of people around the world come together once a year for competition, celebration, and camaraderie. Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values: excellence, friendship and respect and the three Olympic Day pillars: move, learn and discover.

Friday, June 19, 350 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs in both Lake and Porter Counties will turn Riverview Park into their own Olympic Stadium, complete with Olympic torches designed at each Club site. Boys and girls will break into specific age groups and compete in long jump, shot put, and relay races. Those not competing will be on hand to cheer teammates and congratulate winners. Good sportsmanship and respect are as important as the games played on Olympic Day.

This year we’ve partnered with the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Company on Community Civility Counts initiative which brings awareness to the concepts of mutual respect, politeness, and gratitude. Our aim this Olympic day is to bring kids together from all over Northwest Indiana and spotlight their similarities. We want each child to enjoy their time together and also learn that Civility Counts!

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana
Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful. Currently operating six Clubs in Lake County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) has been offering hope and opportunity to local youth since 1954 by providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow through life enhancing after-school and summer programming. With the support of highly trained professional staff and adult mentors, BGCNWI helps build great futures by offering fun, engaging and impactful programs to nearly 10,000 youth ages 6 to 18. When schools are out, Clubs are in!

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has been opening doors to GREAT Futures for Porter County’s youth since 1971. Clubs are open when school is out and provide a great place for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Annual membership is only $35 per child with financial assistance available. Our Clubs provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and, most importantly, hope and opportunity to nearly 5,000 children! For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax deductible gift, contact your local Club by calling (219) 464-7282 or visit us at bgcpoco.org. Learn more by joining us on facebook/bgcpoco.com; twitter/bgcpoco.com; and instagram.com/bgcpoco. GREAT Futures Start HERE!