From June 22- 30, 2017 the spirit of the Olympic Movement, via Kids Play International, will roll into Rwanda with nine U.S. celebrity athletes to celebrate Olympic Day and the power of sport for all! Through an International Sports Programming Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and in partnership with the Rwandan National Olympian Sports Committee (RNOSC), Rwandan and American Olympians are uniting to engage in a week of “Fair Play in Every Way” Olympic sport and gender equality activities and events in both the capital city of Kigali as well as KPI’s program site in rural Gatagara, Rwanda.
Media will include coverage by the Olympic Channel and local Rwandan media broadcast, radio and newspaper outlets. Additionally, KPI has a U.S. reporter embedded with the delegation who will be writing articles about the activities and events as we go. This will be a week of sharing how sport and the Olympic Values are a powerful catalyst for social change.
"I am excited to travel to Rwanda to take part in Kids Play International’s Olympic Week activities! This is a wonderful opportunity to inspire Rwandan youth through the power of sport,” said Ibtihaj Muhammad, 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, U.S.A. Fencing. “I know the ways that sports have changed my life and made me the person that I am; I can’t wait to share that with the Rwandan youth during Kids Play International’s Olympic Week” said Jerry Attaochu, NFL player for the LA Chargers.
Our “Fair Play in Every Way” Olympic Week exchange events are one of more than 2,000 events taking place nationwide during the month of June. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences.
Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.