International Children's Games
In the summer of 2008, from July 10 through 15, San Francisco will be hosting the 42nd annual International Children’s Games (ICG). The ICG, founded in 1968 and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was established to promote peace and goodwill through children and their involvement in athletics.
Here's a quick summary. • San Francisco will welcome 1500 athletes (ages 12 to 15), along with their coaches and city officials • Approximately 90 cities from 50 different countries will be participating • The athletes, both boys and girls, will put forth their personal best in 8 sports: basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, table tennis, volleyball, and golf. • Most of the sports venues will be held in the vicinity of Golden Gate Park (Sharon Meadows), University of San Francisco, and Kezar Stadium. These venues are within a brief walking distance of each other. Golf will be held at the Fleming Golf Course (at Harding Park near Lake Merced). • This NBC televised event has been endorsed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other leaders of our country.