Youth Olympics

The purpose of the Wood County Youth Olympics is to demonstrate that competition does not have to result in violence. Through this program, Wood County youth are given the opportunity to compete in a conflict free environment. In addition, the Youth Olympics strives to demonstrate the importance of individual accountability and personal excellence.

The Wood County Youth Olympics is an annual event that was created in 1999. It is held every March on the campus of Bowling Green State University. The event is open to 500 4th and 5th grade students who attend school or reside in Wood County. Participants from different school districts are paired together in teams to facilitate cooperation and team work. The Youth Olympics are coordinated with the assistance of community volunteers, including elected officials, law enforcement officers, and school personnel.

Volunteers

The Youth Olympics are coordinated with the assistance of community volunteers, including elected officials, law enforcement officers, and school personnel. Every year the event relies not only on participation from students but also on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteers are essential to the overall success of the event. In order to properly run the Youth Olympics, over 200 volunteers are needed throughout the day. Volunteers are responsible for a variety of activities including the running of events, team leaders, timers, scoring, and registration.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors are also crucial to the success of the Youth Olympics. The event is always in need of new sponsors! If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Youth Olympics, please contact Brandy Hartman or Stephanie Wendt. Donations made to the Wood County Youth Olympics are tax deductible under 26 U.S.C. Section 170(a) and (c).

Gold Level – $2,000 and above

  • Company name displayed on all participant & volunteer t-shirts
  • Company name displayed on all participant & volunteer lanyards
  • Company banner displayed at the event
  • Company name mentioned in program & newspaper press release
  • Company name displayed on sponsorship board at the event

Silver Level – $1,500 – $1,999

  • Company name displayed on all participant & volunteer lanyards
  • Company banner displayed at the event
  • Company name mentioned in program & newspaper press release
  • Company name displayed on sponsorship board at the event

Bronze Level – $500 – $1,499

  • Company banner displayed at the event
  • Company name mentioned in program & newspaper press release
  • Company name displayed on sponsorship board at the event

Friends of the Youth Olympics – $50 – $499

  • Company name mentioned in program & newspaper press release
  • Company name displayed on sponsorship board at the event

Who Can Participate

The event is open to 500 4th and 5th grade students who attend school or reside in Wood County. Participants from different school districts are paired together in teams to facilitate cooperation and team work. A variety of ten Olympic style individual and team events challenge the participant’s mental and physical strengths.