A Weekend of Christian Athletic Fellowship
Chicago, IL.- On May 27-29, nearly twenty-two hundred youngsters representing thirty-two parishes, ages 7-18 participated in the 24th Annual Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics. Parishes from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota were all represented during this joyous event of Christian Athletic Fellowship.
The Junior Olympics were hosted, once again, by the community of SS. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills, Illinois. With the assistance of over 150 volunteers, the 24th annual Junior Olympics was another success. Glory be to God!
The Opening Ceremonies were held early on May 28th and God truly shined brightly in the spirit of the participants and spectators gathered. It was a fabulous sight to see all 32 parish teams enter the field proudly holding their colors and sharing in the spirit of Christian fellowship and competition. His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago officially began the Olympics with prayer and his blessings. The ceremonies featuring many of the traditions of the ancient Olympic games concluded by the lighting of the torch saluted by fireworks and music and balloons.
Participants competed in several different sports on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including basketball, volleyball, swimming, soccer, tennis, softball, track and field, 10K run, chess, checkers, bowling, table tennis and more. Approximately nine hundred medals were awarded.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sunday the announcing of the winners of the Olympic scholarships took place which saw five very worthy young people, namely Nikolia Rallis of St. John the Baptist, Des Plaines, IL, Alexandros Karas of St. Sophia Church, Elgin, IL, Arsenis Hadjiagapiou of SS. Constantine and Helen Church, Palos Hills, IL, Madi Franck of SS. Constantine and Helen Church, Palos Hills, IL, and Kathleen Thanas of All Saints Church, Joliet, IL. All received $500.00 scholarships.
Planning for the 25th Annual Junior Olympics will begin towards the early portion of 2006. If you have any questions about the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Junior Olympics, feel free to contact Father Nicholas Jonas or Tom De Medeiros at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at (708) 974-3400 or Chris Avramopoulos at the Metropolis of Chicago Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at (773) 626-5400.