(Markham, Ontario, Canada) – The Greek Canadian Games are currently going on at the Bill Crothers Secondary School in Markham in Ontario, Canada. The event started yesterday on May 28, 2016 and continues today on May 29, 2016. The games are open to children between the ages of 7 and 14 who live in the Toronto, Ontario area. This is its first year.
According to the website, the mission of the games is, “To connect and engage Greek-Canadian youth through sport and competition, while promoting Greek culture, community, and a healthy lifestyle.”
These games are designed not only to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst Canadian children with Greek descent, but to also bring people together. The website also says that, “The majority of Greek-Canadian youth are dispersed throughout a large geographic area with no opportunities that brings them all together. We hope that the Greek-Canadian Games will be an annual gathering that brings over 300 young Greeks together for a weekend of various sporting and social events.”
The events were organized by the committee, who are a group of dedicated volunteers that embraced the mission of the event. The organization that heads up the committee is also listed as a not-for-profit organization.
Those competing in the games will be able to compete in the following sports:
- Track events, which includes sprinting and relay races.
- Field events, such as the long jump, shot put, and softball toss.
- Ball hockey
All participants of these games are also eligible to attend both the opening and closing ceremonies. During the closing ceremonies, the winners will be announced. There will also be a Divine Liturgy service taking place at the school for all participants and their families. Participants also enjoyed a dinner dance last night at the Crystal Fountain. Although this is only the first year, organizers hope to continue the tradition in the coming years in order to make it an annual event.