Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago were joined on Capital Hill Wednesday by members of the U.S. Congress, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for a day of sports demonstrations for youth.
Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said, “we appreciate the federal government’s support for our bid and we hope to have the honour of hosting the world in 2016 and welcoming the Games back to the United States. Today’s event is a prime example of how the values and ideals that the Olympic Movement promotes can be shared with youth in a fun and interactive way and we look forward to reaching more children to introduce them to sport as a result of our bid for the Games”.
Olympic and Paralympic sports, including taekwondo, wrestling, soccer, fencing and Paralympic judo, were demonstrated at the event.
Bill Scherr, chairman of World Sport Chicago and director of sport for Chicago 2016 said, “today’s event in Washington D.C. was an important opportunity for Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago to interact with youth and introduce them to Olympic and Paralympic sport. The national support for Chicago’s bid allows us to continue our commitment to youth sport programs and bring world-class athletes to meet with and inspire youth from across the country”.
Nathaniel Mills, three-time Olympian in speed skating who participated Wednesday said, “seeing the impact of today’s Olympic and Paralympic sport demonstrations on the kids that attended makes the prospect of the Games in Chicago very exciting. Having such widespread support also shows how, across the country, we continue to come together in support of the United States’ Olympic bid”.