About a year ago, Windsor-Essex County was awarded the International Children’s Games for the summer of 2013 and yesterday the dates, logo and website were revealed to the public for the first time.
There were many people on hand to witness the unveiling including Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis and Essex County warden Tom Bain. The mascot hasn’t been named yet, but it’s a blue and green heart shaped character, smiling and holding up the peace sign.
The dates for the 47th International Children’s Games in Windsor are August 14-19, 2013. Contests to name the mascot, volunteer sign up and other information will be added to the newly created website which can be found at http://icg-windsoressex2013.com.
As for the games themselves, they will feature children from around the world aged 12-15. They will compete in events such as; track and field, soccer, volleyball and many other sports. This will be the 4th time the games are hosted in Canada. The previous cities were Hamilton Ontario 1994, Hamilton Ontario 2000, and Kelowna British Columbia 2011. The International Children’s Games are supported by the International Olympic Committee and started back in 1968. For more information the games, you can visit the official ICG website at http://international-childrens-games.org/web/.
The first International Children’s Games were hosted by Celje, Slovenia in 1968. They were started by a man named Metod Klemenc who was a physical education teacher in Yugoslavia. He had a vision to help foster better understanding among children of different cultural backgrounds, while also promoting peace and harmony.