Chicago 2016 officials and students from Jesse Owens Community Academy were joined by Olympians and Paralympians Friday to celebrate the submission of Chicago’s Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Jesse Owens Community Academy is named for four-time Olympic Gold Medallist Jesse Owners. Stuart Owen Rankin, grandson of Owens, will deliver the Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne Switzerland prior to the February 12 deadline.
During a school assembly Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago 2016 Chairman and CEO Patrick G. Ryan and United States Olympic Committee CEO Jim Scherr addressed the students, and members of the Owens’ family took part in the celebration.
Ryan said, “the final bid book contains the full extent of Chicago’s plans to provide a spectacular Games experience for the Olympic Family, athletes, spectators and our community. It demonstrates our vision for the Games and promises long-term legacies not only for the Olympic Movement, but also for our communities. My thanks to Jesse Owens Community Academy, whose participation and connection to Chicago’s Olympic legacy has helped make this day even more significant”.
The IOC’s Evaluation Commission will be visiting Chicago April 2-8.