Special to the Journal
MARIETTA, GA – After having tremendous success with their sport championships, the Georgia State Games, as well as the Georgia Sports Foundation, decided to create the Scholastic Sports Olympiad in order to encourage competition and physical fitness in Georgia schools. This program promotes physical fitness during the summer months throughout the state of Georgia for elementary, middle and high school students.
The mission of the Olympiad is to provide a fun, safe, competitive atmosphere where the Olympic ideals of the modern day Olympics, “A Celebration of Life Through Sports,” makes a positive physical fitness impact to all Georgia’s youth despite skill level, ethnicity or geography of the state.
Any Georgian can participate in these events, no matter age, ability level or location. In the past, participants have ranged in age from 3 to 87, and represented over 139 counties and 549 cities in Georgia. This year, the Games would like to expand their numbers to include all 159 counties in Georgia.
Eligible participants includes anyone who attends and competes in the 2013 Georgia State Games Championships, and is registered in a State of Georgia school. When participants register on the Georgia Games website, their school name is included on the registration form. Therefore, each participant automatically becomes a representative for their school and from that point forward begins to contribute to the points earned for each school.
This competition includes elementary, middle and high schools from A to AAAAAA, with eight divisions total. There will be first through third place awards presented to each school. The winners are determined based on the points earned from their participating students in the following areas: overall placing in each event partcipated, general participation points, distance traveled and sportsmanship points.
School winners wil be announced and awarded after all events have been finished and points have been tallied at the beginning of August. In order to gain points, participating elementary, middle and high schools must include their school’s name on their registration form.