Chicago 2016 To Promote Olympics At Sports Fest

Chicago 2016 and World Sport Chicago (WSC) announced Wednesday their participation in Mayor Daley’s Holiday Sports Fest being held December 27 to December 29 at McCormick Place.

During the three-day event Chicago 2016 and WSC will offer youths the opportunity to learn about and take part in a cross-section of Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Admission is free and activities will take place each day, with more than 80,000 youths expected to attend.

Chicago 2016 and WSC will have a large interactive area set aside where kids can participate in badminton and wrestling tournaments, view demonstrations and exhibitions by elite athletes, Olympians and Paralympians, as well as other activities, said a press release.

Some of the more non-traditional Olympic sports will be showcased in the interactive area to create more awareness of sports such as fencing, archery, badminton, rowing, judo, team handball, wrestling, table tennis and Paralympic table tennis.

Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016 said, “as a Candidate City we strive to enhance the City of Chicago and provide outlets for educating youth about sport in fun and interactive ways. We would like to thank Mayor Daley for his dedication to our efforts and for bringing innovative programming to the kids of Chicago”.

Bill Scherr, chairman of World Sport Chicago said, “as the living legacy of Chicago 2016, World Sport Chicago’s aim is to educate and excite youth about Olympic and Paralympic sport. Mayor Daley’s Holiday Sports Fest provides us with an interactive way to get the youth of Chicago to experience sport, ultimately generating interest for Olympic and Paralympic sport”.

Other sports featured include track and field, javelin, gymnastics, boxing, basketball, volleyball, the discus and the shot put.

Chicago 2016 representatives will be on hand to provide information about the bid and those attending can learn about the different ways to volunteer and support Chicago 2016.