VIDEO: Kids get demonstration of Olympic mettle at Orleans Arena
Instilling Olympian values — and imparting the many benefits that sports have to offer — was the major takeaway for around 300 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada at Olympic Day 2019 on June 18 at the Orleans Arena.
Presented by Boyd Gaming, Sports Nevada USA and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire), the event brought children together with athletes from many corners of the sports world for hands-on lessons about sports and the Olympic Games.
“This is an international event they do all around the world and we wanted to make sure that we demonstrated that Las Vegas is a great place to host Olympic Games, the qualifiers or world championships,” said Lisa Motley, the LVCVA’s director of sports marketing and special events.
Among those in attendance to speak to and interact with the kids and increase awareness of sports: U.S. Olympic athletes including figure skater Bradie Tennell, judo expert Joe Marchal and Connor Fields of Team USA BMX; and representatives from the worlds of basketball (the Las Vegas Aces), baseball (Las Vegas Aviators), hockey (Vegas Golden Knights), soccer (Las Vegas Lights), tennis (Vegas Rollers of World Team Tennis), street curling and table tennis.
“We’re showing these kids how to play games, how to play hockey, how to shoot a basket, how to throw a curve ball and just integrating them into all the sports here in Las Vegas,” Motley added.
Participating in the event was meaningful to Fields. “I think it’s awesome that we have this for the community,” said Fields, who found his way into his sports specialty in a more informal fashion.
“I personally discovered BMX racing through a flier at a bike shop. So today we’re exposing all of these kids to different sports. They might discover their love that might land them in a college scholarship or maybe one day they’ll go to the Olympics for the sports they were exposed to today.”