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City of Indianapolis issues Proclamation on Olympic Day

6/23/2015
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- The city of Indianapolis celebrated Olympic Champions Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Shannon Miller as Mayor Greg Ballard issued an official proclamation declaring June 23 to be Olympic Day in the Circle City in accordance with the international day of recognition around the world.

Olympic Day is a global celebration for youth to observe the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. It is also a celebration of the Olympic Day pillars: move, learn and discover.

Joyner-Kersee from USA Track & Field and Miller of USA Gymnastics joined the Indy Sports Corp and other Olympians in gathering a large number of young people on Monument Circle Tuesday.

Kids had the chance to participate in USATF's flagship community program, RunJumpThrow (RJT), as Joyner-Kersee and USATF staff members guided them through a series of stations, teaching the foundational skills of running, jumping, and throwing, which are not only the core of track & field but can also be applied on nearly any other sport's playing field.

In addition to the RJT area, the USA Gymnastics Fitness Zone brought together thousands of young gymnasts, who attempted and broke the world record for the most people doing handstands at the same time.

Indianapolis' celebration is among the more than 1,000 Olympic Day events taking place across the USA from May 31-June 30 to celebrate Olympic Day in 2015. Olympic Day was created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games. Olympic Day's mission is to promote fitness, wellbeing, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values - excellence, friendship and respect - and the three Olympic Day pillars - move, learn and discover - in every corner of the globe. In the United States, Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, citywide events that are feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences.

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Indiana Sports Corp.
Indiana Sports Corp's mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation's first sports commission. Our recent and upcoming schedule of events includes NCAA Men's and Women's Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2021, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships, 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Diving, and much more. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.


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