June 30, 2021
It is a very exciting time of year if you are into Olympic sports. Collegiate Olympic sport championships such as Baseball are winding down, U.S. Olympic Trials in Track & Field and Gymnastics just concluded, the Tokyo Olympic Games (after a pandemic-caused year’s delay) will get underway in less than one month. With all this “Olympism” underway, it is ideal timing for us to bring you the news of the latest goings on with North Carolina’s bid for the 2027 Summer World University Games.
Triangle Cities Issue Olympic Day Proclamations
Amidst all the Olympic sport activity, it’s only fitting to celebrate Olympic Day on June 23 as the commemoration of the birthdate of the modern Olympic Movement in 1894. That year in Paris, France, Baron de Coubertin founded and organized the earliest meetings of the International Olympic Committee. In 1948 the IOC created Olympic Day to promote the concept of “Sports for All,” to encourage people to engage in an active lifestyle characterized by Olympic concepts of “move, learn, and discover.”
To memorialize the special day locally, all four of the largest cities in the Triangle region – Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary – passed Olympic Day Proclamations emphasizing the Olympic ideals, encouraging participation in Olympic and amateur sports by city residents, and, in particular, citing the importance of the Triangle’s bid for the 2027 Summer World University Games.
In the Durham City Council meeting of June 21, Mayor Steve Schewel said, “I’m very excited about this. I really hope we get the bid, and I’m very much looking forward to it.” Mayor Pam Hemminger of Chapel Hill also spoke about the bid effort in making her remarks about the proclamation: “We are pleased to join with Orange County, UNC, and our Triangle area partners in supporting a bid to bring the athletes of the 2027 Summer World University Games to North Carolina.”
“Olympic Day takes on additional importance in an Olympic year,” said Hill Carrow, Chairman & CEO of North Carolina’s Bid Committee, “but amidst the bid process for the World University Games, the significance rises to a whole new level. It’s very exciting to have our mayors and cities expressing their enthusiasm for the bid.”
Strong NC Collegians Presence on U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team
A total of 16 athletes attending or alums of 10 different North Carolina colleges and universities will represent the United States on our country’s Olympic and Paralympic Team. On the U.S. Olympic Team, 2 athletes will compete in Basketball, 2 in Canoe/Kayak, 1 in Rugby, 1 in Shooting, 2 in Soccer, 1 in Swimming, and 4 in Track & Field. On the U.S. Paralympic Team, 1 will compete in Swimming and 2 in Track & Field. The list of NC university-affiliated Olympians and Paralympians is as follows:
*New Sponsors: The Bid Committee thanks and welcomes these new sponsors of the bid: Contender eSports, Duke Energy, and Raleigh Orthopaedic.
*Presentations and Outreach: Recent presentations or commentary on the World University Games bid have been made to: Durham City Council, Durham County Board of Commissioners, Durham County Sports Leaders, Orange County Board of Commissioners, and the Triangle Area Hotel Motel Association (TAHMA).
*Programs: Jonathan Casper, Sports Administration Professor at NC State University and specialist in environmental sustainability in sports, is assisting with the Sustainability Plan to be included in North Carolina’s Bid for the 2027 Games.
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