Each year on June 23, Olympic Day is commemorated all over the globe, and this year Irving is inviting North Texas to join in the festivities that will mark Irving's first Olympic Day celebration. The myriad of local Olympic Day activities begin on June 25 and conclude on June 26 and have been designed to promote fitness, well-being, culture and educational opportunities, while also observing the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
The celebration will begin and end with capstone programs combining art and musical performances. In recognition of Japan, a significant contributor to both the business and social fabric of Irving-Las Colinas and North Texas, there will be a series of presentations, seminars and art exhibits highlighting Japanese art and culture as part of the celebration.
Sports and Athletics Programs
The participative sporting events are youth and family-friendly, and designed for persons of all age groups and abilities.
- Olympic Day Run (One-mile Family Fun Run, 5K & 10K), Toyota Music Factory, Saturday, June 26
- Olympic Day Archery, Levy Event Plaza, Saturday, June 26
- Youth Basketball, Volleyball, and Table Tennis Tournaments, Saturday, June 26
- Sports Field Day, Irving Soccer Complex, Friday, June 25, 10am to noon
- Skateboarding Exhibition, Lively Skate Park, Friday, June 25, 2pm to 4pm
- Water Polo Exhibition, North Lake College Natatorium, Friday, June 25, 6pm to 8pm
- Cricket Demonstration at Riverside Multifields, Saturday, June 26
- Boxing hosted by Irving Police Department Police Athletic League, Saturday, June 26
Registration is now open for the Olympic Day Run and Youth Basketball Tournaments. For a complete schedule of events, locations and participant registration, go to Events & Registration - IRVING OLYMPIC DAY.
ABOUT OLYMPIC DAY IRVING-LAS COLINAS
June 2021 marks the inaugural Olympic Day Irving-Las Colinas. Olympic Day Irving-Las Colinas weekend events will include sports, cultural and educational activities including an Olympic Day Run (5K and 10K distances), sports tournaments, exhibitions, music and educational seminars. The myriad of Olympic Day activities June 25 - June 26 are open and accessible to the public at large, not just for Irving city residents.
The Irving-Las Colinas Olympic Day Committee is comprised of over a dozen local and regional partners, including: the Irving Marathon, Visit Irving, City of Irving, Las Colinas Association, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas City Utility and Reclamation District, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas College North Lake Campus, the Irving Police Department, the Irving Police Athletic League, the Irving Fire Department, the Irving Rotary, Irving Arts Center, Greater Dallas Veteran’s Foundation, and the Toyota Music Factory. Under the leadership of the host and organizer, the U.S.-Mexico Cultural & Educational Foundation, the Committee exemplifies the strengths of public-private partnerships, all leveraging their talents and abilities to bring Olympic Day to North Texas.
ABOUT OLYMPIC DAY
Olympic Day was created in 1948 by the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. This celebration of the Olympic movement creates opportunities for people to participate in sports across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability, and the Olympic Day pillars — move, learn, and discover — are promoted in every corner of the globe. The United States began celebrating Olympic Day in 2009, and by 2017, more than 560,000 individuals participated in 2,400 Olympic Day celebrations across the country with over four million people total across five continents.