Local Olympian Bimbo Coles is paying homage to his roots by hosting Olympic Day at Montwell Park in Lewisburg. Coles played point guard on the 1988 U.S. Basketball Team before going on to play 14 years in the NBA.
Olympic Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1894, Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while promoting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – are promoted in every corner of the globe.
From May 31 – June 30, communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day 2016 through educational programming and other activities.
Lewisburg’s Olympic Day kicks off on Friday, June 17, at Hill and Holler in Lewisburg’s Montwell Park with speeches by Coles and Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester. DJ Blaw Knox will then perform, and later, local band Vern’s Pot of Chili will reunite, keeping people on the dance floor all night.
On Saturday morning, June 18, comes the sports. At 8 a.m., Eastern Greenbrier Middle School will host a basketball tournament, while at 9 a.m., Montwell Park will be the site of a 5K and 10K run.
Montwell Park will also host a bike race from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Coles’ Country Roads Crossfit (located in the Montwell Park area) will hold an outside volleyball tournament at 1 p.m.
Inside Country Roads Crossfit, there will be a martial arts demonstration from 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and a wrestling demonstration at 12:30 p.m.
Other activities throughout the day include disc golf, corn hole, a kids jump house and live music, including the band Pontiac at Hill and Holler that evening.
For more information or to register, call 304-667-5175 or stop by Country Roads Crossfit.