Olympic Run in Athens with the Participation of Refugee Children



Screen-Shot-2015-11-23-at-2.05.45-PM-768x350-735x350The Hellenic Olympic Academy invites Greek and refugee children to an Olive Wreath Run on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 pm at Zappeion in Athens.

The event takes place on the occasion of Olympic Day (June 23) and the World Refugee Day (June 20) and it is called “Get Active on Olympic Day With Refugees.

The event will start with an Olive Wreath Run, a “Kotinodromia” in ancient Greek, kotinos being the olive wreath ancient Olympic Games athletes used to wear. The starting line will be in front of the Acropolis Museum and the athletes will finish in the courtyard of Zappeion. Artistic activities and musical events will follow.

The runners will include Greek and refugee children who will run alongside Olympic champions and athletes who have participated in previous Olympic Games.

After the run, all participants will hang their olive wreaths on the Olympic Values Tree, a symbolic artistic creation made by refugee and Greek children in gold, silver and bronze, the colors of the Olympic medals. The branches of the tree are also decorated with wishes and slogans.

Children will also participate in Olympic sports such as handball, archery, football, and so on, while a concert will follow.

The action is a collaboration of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, National Olympic Academy of Greece, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Olympic Truce Center, the Association of Greek Olympians and the Olympic Museum of Thessaloniki.