Welcome to the home of the Chicago Metropolis Junior Olympics!
The Junior Olympics of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago dates back to 1981 and has grown into the largest single gathering youth in the Metropolis, filled with family-friendly activities. From its inception, the Junior Olympics has been hosted by SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, Illinois. The community not only organizes the event, but also shares its facilities with the entire Metropolis to make the Junior Olympics possible.
Each year, thousands of parents, young adults, and children look forward to kicking off the Summer at this Memorial Day Weekend event in order to coach, view, and participate in the festivities. Olympic activities are offered for all age levels, with competition in basketball, swimming, track and field, softball, volleyball, soccer, chess, checkers, backgammon (tavli), ping-pong, & much more. The Junior Olympics aims to live its mission, which is rooted in St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy: “…If anyone competes as an athlete, they do not win the prize unless they compete according to the rules. Remember, therefore Jesus Christ Risen from the dead...”
The 2023 Junior Olympics was held May 27-28, 2023 at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and Stagg High School, Palos Hills, IL.
The 4nd annual Junior Olympics was a huge success with 1,448 athletes and over 3,000 participants this year. Representatives from 28 parishes competed in team and individual sports this past Memorial Day Weekend, all in a Christian spirit. We look forward to next year!
Below are just a few of the many photos taken during the weekend events. See more images in the Metropolis of Chicago Flickr account.
Sponsors and Volunteers
Putting on an event of this scale is not easy. It takes time, effort, and resources from across the Metropolis to create this experience for our youth. But we believe the experiences had by our youth at the Jr. Olympics last a lifetime and keep them in the life of our Church.
We share a sincere thank you to all who become a part of this youth ministry through sponsoring and volunteering for the event. All Junior Olympics supporting funds go towards enabling the event to take place. Do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or directions on how to donate.
We thank you for your investment in the physical, social and spiritual development of the youth of this Metropolis and wish you all of God’s blessings.
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