Back in 1894 the International Olympic Committee was formed on June 23 and the modern games began. Since 1948 this date has been christened Olympic Day, and cities around the world celebrate with festivities.
It’s a worldwide commemoration of Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s convening of the first International Olympic Committee meeting at the Sorbonne in Paris, and the founding of the Modern Olympic Games.
National Olympic Committees throughout the world participate in the international celebration, with each Olympic Committee sending Olympic Day greetings to participating nations.
From June 17-26, 2011, communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day through educational programming and other activities. A record-breaking 331 events, representing every state in the U.S., will host an Olympic Day celebration -including fun runs, lectures and sport competitions and demonstrations — many attended by Olympic and Paralympic athletes. making this the most successful Olympic Day effort ever in the United States.
Mayors from across the country will join in proclaiming the day Olympic Day in their communities, and the USOC is encouraging communities to host events that promote physical activity and sport participation, as well as support the Olympic values of fair play, cooperation and respect for others.
Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world. If you want to get active on Olympic Day, join organizers on facebook and share your experiences.
The USOC celebrates Olympic Day annually with events at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and official training sites, as well as coordinating activities with sport National Governing Bodies and affiliated multi-sport organizations.