BRENTWOOD, NY – This year, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan District Olympic Games in New York celebrated its 40th anniversary with more than 1,000 Greek children from all over New York and Connecticut participating in the event at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, Long Island on May 25-27.
Especially on Saturday, when the weather cooperated, everyone, athletes, parents, friends, enjoyed the experience. The organizer of the Games, Alex Constantinou, once again saw this fun, family event realized.
The children competed in track, football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, chess, backgammon, and the competition was epic. The children did their best and made some new friends, emphasizing the importance of unity among the growing Greek community.
Since 1979, this program has emphasized the values of our faith, Hellenism, and follows the Olympic ideals of peace, sportsmanship, and fellowship. The Olympics welcomes all parishes of the Archdiocesan District.
The Games began with the “opening ceremony” on Saturday morning in which each community marched in the indoor court at the Suffolk County Community College while bagpipes played.
Fr. Panagiotis Papazifiropoulos then announced “let the games begin,” and thanked Alex Constantinou and his team for organizing the Olympic Games over the years.
The children gave it their all and after the fierce competition everyone left with big smiles.
On Sunday, the rain forced the cancellation of outdoor competitions, including soccer and tennis.
FILE – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan District Olympics at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, NY. (Photo by TNH/Costas Bej)
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