Festival of Champions

Tuesday, October 23, doors open at 5 p.m.
Free event, open to the Public

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City at the Festival of Champions. Meet elite athletes and coaches including Olympians, Paralympians and a member of the International Olympic Committee at the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus.

  • The first 600 youths completing the 3-Pillar summer program will receive a sport bag and a picture with an Olympian. Free water bottles and commemorative programs will be available for autographs.
  • All medal winners from the YMCA Youth Games should arrive early for a group photo on stage with the Olympians.

Event highlights include:

  • Autographs and photo opportunities with Olympians, Paralympians and coaches
  • Spotlight events:
    • Hot shot contest featuring elite athletes and coaches
  • A parade of nations and March of the Olympians
  • Special award presentation by the International Fair Play Committee
  • Sport and fitness training demonstrations
  • Fitness, health and wellness stations 
  • Fun sports on the turf
  • Cultural booths with henna art, name translations and local sports
  • DJ and live entertainment
  • Salsa or mambo dance lessons
  • Poster displays

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