Boys and Girls Club hosts first ever Olympics
by By SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB first ever Olympics was made up of numerous events, such as the bear crawl relay. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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The next Summer Olympic games might not be for another three years, but that didn’t stop local Bradley and Polk County children from getting into the spirit of things a little early.

The Tucker Unit Boys and Girls Club hosted the first ever Boys and Girls Club Olympics on Friday afternoon.

The event brought in kids from all of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Cleveland, including the one in Benton, for a total of seven clubs with some 300 participants.

“It went really well. We were pushing 300 kids,” Tucker Unit director Britt DeBusk commented. “The kids loved it. Overall, I think the parents were all for it as well.”

The afternoon consisted of a number of different events including a distance race, the 50 yard dash, a 50 yard relay and bear crawl relay. The participants were also able to display their skills in the bean bag toss and a pull-up challenge.

Due to the extremely hot temperature, the Boys and Girls Club Olympics had to be cut a little short. When it was all said and done, the event lasted three hours.

It took around 40 Boys and Girls Club staff members and a handful of volunteers to help ensure that the event was a success.

While competition was one factor of the day, the main goal for the Boys and Girls Club Olympics was to bring all the different clubs together.

“We are giving out awards, but this was more about team building and getting together with all of the clubs,” DeBusk explained. “We wanted to be able to involve the kids from all of the clubs and get everyone to participate. That was the bigger factor rather than first, second and third place.”

Despite having to end earlier than planned, DeBusk feels that the event was a success and plans to continue the Boys and Girls Club Olympics in the years to come.

“This was our first Olympics that we’ve had, but it’s something that we want to do every year though. We’ve already made some adjustments for next year,” DeBusk said.