Festival of Champions

Elite Sports and Culture Week logo

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

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.

  • Youth 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 by 4:30 p.m. to march with the Olympians and possibly carry a flag.

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

International Fair Play Committee logo

General Schedule

5:00 PM – Doors Open
5:15 PM – Parade of Olympians and National Flags with area youth
5:30 PM – International Fair Play Awards recognizing all local athletic directors, coaches, and athletes
6:00 PM – Fitness and Sport Stations Open, Food/Beverages Available
6:15 PM – Autograph and Official Photo Station Open, Spot Light Events with Olympians begins
9:00 PM – Festival Ends

Spotlight Events and Autograph/Photo Schedule

6:15 PM

Dancing with Olympians

Francis Dove Edwin
Barbra Higgins
Liston Bochette
Jessica Kooreman
Mike Kooreman
Amanda Everlove
Marlon Williams
Sebastian Keitel
William Wuyke

Turf - Sprint Drills

Mary Wineberg

Autographs

David Payne
Anna Goodale
Noemi Zaharia
Jon Koncak
Khadevis Robinson
Amadou Dia Ba
Jan Boutmy

Main Photos

Katie Smith
Peggy Ewald
Butch Reynolds
Dean Greenaway

6:45 PM

Dancing with Olympians

Francis Dove Edwin
Barbra Higgins
Liston Bochette
Jessica Kooreman
Amanda Everlove
Mike Kooreman
Marlon Williams
Sebastian Keitel
Willie Wuyke

Turf - Race the Olympians

Aliann Pompey
Gary Morgan
Dean Greenaway
Amadou Dia Ba
David Payne

Autographs

Steven Lee
Wayne Seybold
Jack Hazen
Butch Reynolds
Dave Clark
Jan Boutmy
Peggy Ewald

Main Photos

Mary Wineberg
Jon Koncak
Khadevis Robinson
Anna Goodale

7:15 PM

Minute to Win-It Fun

Jon Koncak
Barbra Higgins
Peggy Ewald
Jan Boutmy
Steven Lee
Dave Clark
Jack Hazen
David Payne

Turf - 3-on-3 Soccer

Sebastian Keitel
Willie Wuyke
Khadevis Robinson
Aliann Pompey
Mike Kooreman
Anna Goodale
Butch Reynolds
Amadou Dia Ba

Autographs

Katie Smith
Dean Greenaway
Mary Wineberg
Amanda Everlove
Gary Morgan
Marion Williams
Francis Dove Edwin

Main Photos

Jessica Kooreman
Wayne Seybold
Liston Bochette
Noemi Zaharia

7:45 PM

Knock-Out / 3- Point

Jon Koncak
Katie Smith
Butch Reynolds
Khadevis Robinson
Francis Dove Edwin
Anna Goodale
David Payne

Turf - Golf Challenge

Jack Hazen
Steven Lee
Noemi Zaharia
Gary Morgan
Wayne Seybold
Dean Greenaway

Autographs

Liston Bochette
Marlon Williams
Peggy Ewald
William Wuyke
Allian Pompey
Sebastian Keitel

Main Photos

Amanda Everlove
Dave Clark
Barbra Higgins
Amadou Dia Ba

8:15 PM

Minute to Win It Fun

Dean Greenaway
Gary Morgan
Wayne Seybold
Noemi Zaharia
Liston Bochette
Sebastian Kietel
Amanda Everlove
Amadou Dia Ba

Turf – Race the Olympians

Khadevis Robinson
Butch Reyonolds
Francis Dove Edwin
Mary Wineberg

Autographs

Jessica Kooreman
Jon Koncak
Katie Smith
Barbra Higgins
Steven Lee
Jack Hazen
Mike Kooreman
David Payne

Main Photos

Jan Boutmy
William Wuyke
Marlon Williams
Aliann Pompey

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