Millions have been tuning in to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch the Simone duo from the Houston-area win gold medals in gymnastics and swimming; Michael Phelps and the American team’s history-making gold medal count in the Olympic pool; the “Final Five” dominance in winning gold in women’s gymnastics; and, now track and field with gold medalist Usain Bolt from Jamaica front and center.
Closer to home, the “Street Olympics” recently took place in Houston, Texas, celebrating its 30-year anniversary. This kids-oriented event involves stiff competition in the street sports and games we all enjoyed playing while growing up.
This year’s Street Olympic Games included a team of Kids In Media summer camp graduates who did a masterful job in covering and supporting the event’s day long, fast-paced activities. And, for the first time in the event’s history, the games were emceed by a 13-year-old – Victor Baynes Lopez, founder of Itz for Kidz by Kidz, and host of KCOH 92.9 FM HD2 “Teen Talk” Radio/TV show.
Founded in 1987 by the late Commissioner El Franco Lee, the Street Olympics Summer Games is open to youth, ages 6-15. It has developed into a very popular summer event that provides organized athletic activities centered around those games that are traditionally played in the streets and schools in cities across the nation. These popular games now serve community youth in the form of positive and rewarding Olympic-style competition.
Each year, the Street Olympics prepares for an exciting summer that allows thousands of Harris County youth to learn new skills while competing in a safe, fun-filled environment.
The 2016 Street Olympics took place at the Houston NRG Arena where just over 2,200 of Harris County youth showed up to compete for Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals.
The 2016 Summer Games included:
Basketball (Dribble, Obstacle and Free-throw)
Distance Run (50 and 100-yard dash)
Hula Hoop Medley
Jump Rope Marathon
The tremendous number of kids that showed up to participate represented organizations (Houston Parks and Recreation Department sites, YMCAs, churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Salvation Army facilities) from communities throughout the various cities that make up Harris County.