Archbishop Demetrios will not be able to attend this year’s celebration, due to the consecration of St. George Church in Oklahoma City next weekend. Sending His message to the participants, His Eminence stresses that the Junior Olympics – a very important function of the Archdiocese Youth Department – “is an opportunity for young people to compete in a noble and very creative way”.
“By the passing of the years it has been marked by an increasing participation of young people. At the same time, parents accompany their children so it’s a wonderful gathering of both young and mature people. Whole families are there. It becomes an event that has a very positive and beneficiar influence on all the participants, either as athletes or as onlookers escorting the children”, Archbishop Demetrios states.
Noting that 2003 marks the 25th anniversary of the Olympics, His Eminence says, “It is not a small period of time” indicating that “this institution of the Junior Olympics has been well established and perpetuated. We owe this to the dedication of some people who work for this project for years and with assistance and with the certainty that they serve a very, very important issue that ultimately builts in essence whatever is good and healthy in the young people”, His Eminence notes, adding :
“We wish as times goes on this kind of junior olympics be more and more a strong, larger in participation and also spread all over the country as a manifestation of young power and development and as something that could be really developed in many central places of our country”.