HOUSTON - Just over 100 children and approximately 100 senior citizens from Harris County were greeted by Houston Olympians and County Commissioner Morman today at a special “Olympic Day” event hosted by the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority and the National Senior Games Association.
“Each year, major cities from across the country celebrate the Olympic movement and honor the athletes from their particular area,” stated Janis Schmees, Executive Director for the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority.
The Houston theme incorporated living an active and healthy lifestyle no matter what age. Seniors and children alike were treated to motivational words and sports demonstrations led by Houston Olympians Nia Abdallah (Taekwondo silver medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens), Kevin Mazeika (USA Team Gymnastics Coach for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games), and Sean Townsend (USA Men’s Gymnastics Team for the 2000 Olympics). Next they were encouraged to get up off their feed to participate in a highly-charged, fun relay race which combined the Olympic sports of Taekwondo, Boxing, Gymnastics, Soccer, and Basketball.
All 200 guests received a commemorative t-shirt, healthy boxed lunch, and Blue Bell ice cream for dessert, which was provided by the event sponsor, Atos Origin. Atos Origin’s North American Headquarters are located in Houston, and they are a major sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“The National Senior Games Association is a proud member of the United States Olympic Committee. We are very pleased to be a part of this important educational event,” said Phil Godfrey, President and CEO of the National Senior Games Association. “The Olympic ideal of excellence, respect and friendship are thing all of us, youth to seniors, can admire and should use in our daily lives.”