January 6-12, 2008
Sponsor a Children's Olympics
The celebration of the Olympics every four years is a wonderful lesson in multi-national pride and cooperation. From the opening ceremonies with its parade of flags from all participating nations to the competitions themselves - often in sports not familiar to many Americans - the Olympics provide a rich opportunity to learn about the cultures of our neighbors around the world and to appreciate our similarities and differences.
Games are at the heart of the Olympics and are dear to the hearts of children throughout the world. While the basics remain the same, with running and jumping, chants and rhymes, chance and skill, each nation has its own traditions of play.
Sponsoring a "Children's Olympics", featuring games from around the world, is a delightful way to introduce children to different cultures. Have the children make flags to represent the countries included in your Olympics and have your own parade of nations. A few of the many games enjoyed around the world are offered here.