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ETSU Olympic Day aims to 'promote physical literacy'

Brandon Paykamian • Jun 11, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Since 2012, the U.S. Olympic Training Site at East Tennessee State University has hosted its Olympic Day at Science Hill High School to get kids active. 

Assistant Director Emily Brockelman said the goal of the annual event is simple – to promote exercise and get kids moving. 

“Physical literacy is really important. We want kids to not only try different sports but learn to run, jump and throw, so we include a lot of activities where kids get to do that,” she said.

Now the center, which has trained a number of Olympic athletes over the years, is getting set for its Olympic Day 2018 Celebration on Friday, June 22, at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

The free event, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., invites youth ages 5-12 to participate in activities such as weightlifting, track and field, soccer, rugby and other Olympic sports. 

Chris Kinney, who competed with Team USA’s bobsled team at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, will be at the event, along with other Olympic-level athletes who’ve trained at the ETSU center, according to Brockelman. 

“We will have several other athletes from the site facilitating the sports activities,” Brockelman added. 

Due to other events at Freedom Hall Civic Center, organizers said parking will be limited for the event. For more information, contact Andy Dotterweich at [email protected] or Brockelman at 423-439-8477.

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