PRESS RELEASE

DATE: February 20, 2019

RE:  Wood County Youth Olympics

Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson announced today that the Wood County Youth Olympics event, typically held in March, will be on hiatus in 2019.  Since 1999, the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office has hosted the annual free event to 500 4th and 5th grade students across Wood County.  For twenty years, the event has allowed participants from different school districts to come together to enhance cooperation and teamwork skills, supporting its motto, “competition without conflict.”

Prosecutor Dobson stated, “The Youth Olympics Committee has always worked to bring a high quality event to the citizens of Wood County.  It is the only event of its kind that we know of in this state.  We intend to continue that tradition and to ensure that all fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to apply to participate in this event.  We plan on bringing back a rejuvenated and improved program next year.  To that end, we have been in discussions with other organizations to partner with us in continuing this important, educational and traditional event.  We encourage any agency or organization that desires to take an active part in keeping it going to contact my office.”  Mr. Dobson expressed his gratitude to the many sponsors and volunteers who have made the Youth Olympics possible over the years and indicated his hope that this “holiday” from the event would not dampen their enthusiasm to return next year.  He also thanked the thousands of students and their families who have participated over the years.

Using this year to reorganize, the Prosecutor’s Office has begun to build partnerships with organizations such as the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board to jointly host the event again next year.

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.

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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.  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.