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TU to Host Elite Sport and Culture Week

October 20-25 – Tiffin & the Surrounding Community

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH—Tiffin University, along with Terra State Community College, Tiffin Mercy Health, and National Machinery, will host Elite Sport and Culture Week from October 20, 2018, to October 25, 2018. This event features over 20 world-class athletes and coaches who will participate in educational and inspirational events throughout the Tiffin community.

Two major components of the Elite Sport and Culture Week are the Festival of Champions and the Three Pillar Challenge.

Festival of Champions

The Festival of Champions is Tuesday, October 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in TU’s Heminger Center. This event is free and open to the public. The Festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

The community can meet elite athletes and coaches including Olympians, Paralympians, and a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Festival will feature over 20 Olympians including Katie Smith (WNBA), Jon Koncak (NBA), Jessica Smith Kooreman (speed skating), Butch Reynolds (athletics), Noemi Lung Zaharia (swimming) and Mary Wineberg (athletics).

Other events during the Festival include a parade of nations and march of the Olympians, a special award presentation by the International Fair Play Committee, sport and fitness training demonstrations, fitness, health and wellness stations, sports in the turf room, cultural booths, DJ and live entertainment, salsa or mambo dance lessons, free food, give-a-ways, autograph sessions, book signings, and poster displays.

Three Pillar Challenge

Tiffin community’s youth can participate in the Three Pillar Challenge. All activities are free and must be completed by September 15, 2018. Schools may arrange the activities in their classrooms or individuals can visit the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library or the Elite Sport and Culture booth at the Heritage Festival to validate participation.

Youth in grades kindergarten through sixth must complete all three pillars (sport, education, and culture) and be among the first 600 to attend the Festival of Champions. Children will receive a sports bag, water bottle, and a picture with an Olympian.

The Three Pillar Program promotes a way of life-based on blending the body (sport), mind (education), and spirit (culture). Youth must have all three pillars validated by or before September 15, 2018.

Three Pillar Challenge locations and activities:

Sport Pillar
At the YMCA or the Heritage Festival, or in class, describe your summer sport and fitness activities. This includes YMCA fitness programs, Tiffin Parks and Recreation sports camps, sports leagues, etc.

Culture Pillar
At the Library or Heritage Festival, or in class, draw and color a flag of a country, other than the U.S., by free-hand. Spell the country at the top of the page and include your name, school, and grade.

Education Pillar
At the Library or in school, report on one of the books in the sports collection from the library.

For more information on Elite Sport and Culture Week, please visit or contact Dr. Bonnie Tiell at