Lt. Governor Newsom Celebrates International Olympic Day at the State Capitol


6-23-2011

California Winter Games Committee Makes Down Payment on Youth

Lieutenant Governor Newsom Signs-on as Chair of Olympic group at Olympic Day Celebration

Sacramento, California – A coalition of leaders from California’s business community, political arena and non-governmental organizations came together today at the State Capitol as one organization to recognize International Olympic Day. The California Winter Games Committee (CWGC), formed earlier this year to explore how to best position the state for a bid to host the Winter Olympic Games, demonstrated their commitment to the Olympic Movement and youth sports with a celebration at the State Capitol. CWGC also announced that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will lead their ongoing efforts as the organization’s new Chair.

"I'm excited to serve as Chair of the California Winter Games Committee and look forward to working with a diverse coalition," said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. "Today, we join a worldwide community in commemorating International Olympic Day and promoting the importance of fitness and well-being. Through our collective efforts we will inspire thousands of children, youth and their families to stay active."

The Capitol event celebrated the spirit of the Olympic Movement, by commemorating Olympic Day with a series of resolutions from regional leaders proclaiming the importance of the Olympic Spirit. The CWGC also demonstrated their dedication to youth sports by awarding the Boys & Girls Club of America with a check of financial support. Over two dozen local children and youth representing the Boys & Girls Club of Sacramento joined CWGC members and state and local officials on stage.

“We are very excited to have Lieutenant Governor Newsom lead our effort s and we believe his addition will help successfully position California to win the games if the USOC chooses to solicit bids from US cities for a 2022 Winter Games,” said Michael Faust, President of the CWGC. “We believe his leadership will empower the committee to make good on today's investment in youth sports and will continue to do so into the distant future.”

To honor the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is observed annually on June 23 worldwide. Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. Thousands of people of all ages in more than 160 countries will participate in Olympic Day events in 2011. Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Over the last 20 years, Olympic Day has been associated with Olympic Day Runs all over the world. In 2010, more than 90,000 people were impacted by one of the 330 events in 220 communities which hosted Olympic Day celebrations in the United States.

“It's great to see the dedication of California’s leaders to the Olympic Movement and youth sports as a whole,” said Boys & Girls Club Development Manager Karolina Maluga. “Times are challenging for many non-profits and the CWGC investment in our future helps ensure that youth sports will continue to flourish.”

Other speakers at today’s event included, CWGC Honorary Chair Senator Ted Gaines, CWGC Board Member City Councilmember Rob Fong, and CWGC Honorary Chair Olympian Starr Walton Hurley. Hurley chaired the official Olympic Day Celebration earlier this week at Raley Field.

About the CWGC

The California Winter Games Committee is a group of business, civic and state leaders, who in cooperation with the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, work to thoroughly explore the benefits and impacts of hosting the Olympic Games in the region. The California Winter Games Committee also guides the strategy and launch implementation of the outreach, education, media, marketing, and government relations elements of the support campaign. The CWGC has set up a web site to allow the general public to get involved in the Olympic movement in California. For more information, please visit www.CalWinterGames.com or follow the CWGC on Facebook.


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