Kids Play International and Olympian Jaime Komer Celebrate Olympic Day in Rwanda
Annual day of commemoration encourages people to get active around the world.
Press Release from Kids Play International (June 20, 2014, Park City, Utah) – Kids Play International (KPI) and Olympic Silver Medalist Jaime Komer, former goalkeeper for the US Women’s National Water Polo Team, will celebrate Olympic Day 2014 in Rwanda with more then 100 boys and girls who are part of KPI’s flagship sport-for-development program in the rural village of Gatagara. Komer will lead a day of special activities for the participants, aged 7-18, and join millions of people in more than 160 countries around the world who commemorate Olympic Day annually every June 23rd. Komer, a lead Athlete Ambassador for KPI, will incorporate her passion for yoga into the opening and closing structure of the day, sharing with youth participants the importance of being active.
KPI, a nonprofit organization started in 2008 by Tracy Evans, 3-Time Winter Olympian and former National Champion in Freestyle Skiing, and was founded around the core values of the Olympic movement: Excellence, Friendship and Fair Play. Komer is one of more than a dozen Olympic athletes who support KPI’s efforts and has led a number of volunteer trips to Rwanda over the past few years.
“One thing I hold close to my heart is the impact of a child’s smile and seeing the joy on these kids’ faces when we play sports together on the field” said Komer, reflecting on previous KPI trips she has been a part of. “A light just illuminates inside of them.”
To learn more about KPI, please visit: http://www.kidsplayintl.org/travelwithapurpose/
Here are some photos from Olympic Day!
About Kids Play International
Founded by 3-time Olympian Tracy Evans, Kids Play International (KPI) is rooted in the core values of the Olympic movement: Excellence, Friendship and Fair Play, and the belief that sport can be a powerful catalyst for social change. KPI operates the only sport for development program in the rural community of Gatagara, Rwanda, 90 minutes outside of Kigali. The organization’s year round Let’s Play Fair (LPF) program and curriculum brings boys and girls together in a safe environment using sport and interactive discussions to teach positive values. Volunteers will be immersed in the program, sharing their love of sports and Fair Play with the LPF participants.