Event will be one of more than 1,000 nationwide events celebrating the birth of the modern Olympic Games and will feature Olympians and fun learning activities for students.
The spirit of the Olympic Movement will fill Auburn, Alabama as Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology hosts a team handball clinic and tournament, including wheelchair team handball, for fourth through seventh graders in celebration of Olympic Day. With the help of physical education faculty member Dr. Peter Hastie, and Pick Elementary physical education teacher Charles Cooper, students will learn about team handball and have an opportunity to play the game.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Olympian Reita Clanton and other Olympians in the area will help kick off the event by sharing stories of their Olympic Games experiences. Many of the U.S.A. Men and Women National Team Handball Players will be in attendance to help instruct.
The team handball clinic will teach children the basic techniques of throwing, dribbling, offense, and defense, as well as the rules of the game. The tournament to follow will consist of short-sided games of a few minutes, culminating with a championship game. Children will also have an opportunity to test their handball skills while using a wheelchair with the assistance of Kinesiology doctoral student, Jared Rehm, who runs the wheelchair basketball program at Auburn University. Photo opportunities with the Olympians and National Team Players will occur after the tournament.
“We are excited to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids in the Auburn community,” said Clanton, Coordinator of Performance and Health Optimization at the School of Kinesiology and Team Handball Olympian, ’84, ‘96. “I love the spirit of Olympism and encouraging children to lead healthy, active lives.”
“We have been playing team handball at Pick Elementary for over a year now and the kids love it,” Cooper said. “I am excited to share the sport with more youth in the area and to continue to grow the sport in our community and state.
The School of Kinesiology event is one of over 1,000 events taking place nationwide between June 1 and July 1. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities, and interactive learning experiences.
Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.
For more information about Auburn’s Olympic Day activities, please contact Kristin Roberts, Coordinator, Performance and Health Optimization, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-844-8055. If your child is in fourth through seventh grade and would like to participate, please email email@example.com with your child’s name and grade entering in the fall of 2015.