Kearns and Park City, Utah (May 31, 2016) – The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into the Kearns, as the Utah Olympic Oval hosts an open house in celebration of Olympic Day on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. On Saturday, June 18, Utah Olympic Park in Park City is hosting a special afternoon of Olympic-themed activities from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
“We are always pleased to take part in Olympic Day and inspire kids from all over Utah,” said Colin Hilton, CEO of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. “Both Utah Olympic Oval and Park are proud to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”
On Wednesday, June 15, the Utah Olympic Oval is hosting an evening celebration including appearances by local Olympians, Food Trucks, Music, Free Ice Skating Admissions and fun activities. The event will begin at 6:00 pm with booths from around the community, face painting, food trucks and Olympic athletes signing autographs and mixing with the crowd. Then at 7:00 pm the Oval will offer FREE admission for public ice skating until 9:00 pm. Finally, there will be a small ice skating and speed skating demonstration from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
On Saturday, June 18, the Utah Olympic Park is hosting an afternoon celebration including appearances by local Olympians, music, food, and activities. The event is scheduled from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Complimentary activities include bounce houses, face painting, Olympic-themed crafts, and interactive adaptive sport demonstrations from the National Abilities Center. The athlete autograph and meet and greet area will be available from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm during the event.
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation’s Olympic Day celebrations are two 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.
For more information on either event please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate and excel in winter sport. Inspired by the success and momentum of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games – considered by many to be the most successful Winter Games ever staged – the Foundation has placed a focus on embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. The Foundation supports national sport organizations and community recreational winter sport programs, as well as subsidizes the operation of two Olympic venues: Utah Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.
About Utah Olympic Oval
Built in 2001 just in time for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah Olympic Oval is located in the community of Kearns, just 16 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The five‐acre venue houses Utah’s only 400‐meter speed skating oval and two international‐sized ice sheets as well as a state‐of‐the‐art four‐lane 442‐meter running track. Today, Utah Olympic Oval is a dynamic multi‐use facility focused on developing and growing participation in ice sports in the state of Utah. Designated an official U.S. Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, the venue is headquarters for U.S. Speedskating, ensuring a legacy of continued growth and international success for the sport. With 10 Olympic records and eight world records, the venue stands uncontested as the Fastest Ice on Earth. For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 801‐968‐6825.
About Utah Olympic Park
Built for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah Olympic Park is located 28 miles east of Salt Lake City in Park City, Utah. Today, Utah Olympic Park is a vibrant multi-use facility focused on developing and growing winter sport participation in the state of Utah. Designated an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, the venue provides year-round competition and training facilities for Olympic and development level athletes. For the public, the venue features a variety of adventure activities including bobsled rides, zip lines, alpine slide, ropes courses as well as Olympic-heritage exhibits in the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 435-658-4200.