The Unites States Olympic Committee has dubbed June 23 “Olympic Day” and on Tuesday Chicago and 150 cities are expected to hold events in observance of the Olympics.

The United States Olympic Committee has dubbed June 23 “Olympic Day,” and on Tuesday, Chicago and 150 cities are expected to hold events in observance of the Olympics. The USOC celebrates Olympic Day annually with events at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and official training sites, as well as coordinating activities with various sports organizations. “The U.S. Olympic Committee’s partner organizations and Olympians and Paralympians across the U.S. are actively participating to mark this celebration of the Olympic Movement,” said Stephanie Streeter, acting CEO of the USOC. “The USOC stands with Chicago to deliver unprecedented participation across the United States to celebrate Olympic Day, reflecting the country’s passion to bring the Games to Chicago in 2016.” For its part, Chicago 2016, the city’s official Olympic committee, has organized a run for nearly 30,000 youth at more than 200 parks Tuesday. Adults are also encouraged to take part in the run that begins at 6 p.m. and will end at North Avenue Beach, 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive. After the run, activities such as beach volleyball, table tennis, hand cycling, wheelchair basketball and badminton will be available for everyone to take part in. There will also be live music and other festive activities at the beach for people, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes are expected to attend. Olympic committee members credit Mayor Richard M. Daley with recruiting other mayors to take part in the event. “Under Mayor Daley’s leadership, mayors from across the country are introducing youth to these values and promoting the positive benefits of sport,” said Patrick Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016. “We believe the lessons learned on Olympic Day will be carried forward by everyone in their daily lives.” ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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