Over 1,700 athletes, coaches and fans convened in Los Angeles earlier this month for the 2012 AGBU World Games with participants hailing from all corners of the world. Read the full press release here to get the exciting play by play of the entire week!
Saturday night, August, 4, 2012, saw over 1,700 AGBU athletes, coaches, family members, fans and supporters from over a dozen global cities gather together at the amazing Universal Studios for the sold out AGBU 2012 World Games Victory Ball – the culmination point during a week of exciting athletic competitions and social activities that once again reinforced the strong bonds among our organization’s youth. A press release is coming soon to detail all the highlights and fun moments from the games and gatherings, but enjoy these photos in the meantime. Congratulations to all our athletes and a special note of thanks to the incredibly dedicated volunteer committee who made it all happen!
While the 2012 Summer Olympics continue to unfold in London, in another great city across the ocean, AGBU’s own star athletes have hit the ground running as the 2012 AGBU World Games officially got underway. On Friday, July 27, 2012, over 500 participants, family members and friends, hailing from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France and the US, arrived in Los Angeles, California.
The stands at Robinson Stadium of Pasadena City College were brimming with enthusiastic spectators yesterday during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 AGBU World Games. Teams from Alexandria, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cordoba, Montevideo, Montreal, Paris, Pasadena, Sao Paulo, San Fernando Valley, Sydney and Toronto marched in with their respective country’s flags, ready to compete against each other this week during basketball, volleyball, soccer and many other tournaments. May the best AGBU team win! More photos and stories coming soon.
Over five hundred young athletes from around the world are heading to Los Angeles next week as the countdown draws near for the AGBU World Games. Set to begin on Saturday, July 28, 2012, the event promises excitement and thrills both on and off the court, as the organization’s youth take part in various sports competitions, social events and excursion tours as part of an AGBU tradition that dates back to 1955.
The World Games’ week-long series of activities will kick off at the opening ceremony on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the Pasadena City College Stadium. There, Hollywood actor David Foster, as well as Armenian singers Silva Hakobyan and Hovhannes Shahbazyan, will take the stage and welcome participants, who are traveling from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Uruguay and the United States. The event, which is free and open to the public, is expected to draw thousands. In the days that follow, the athletes will compete in basketball, chess, soccer, swimming, track and field and volleyball, relying on skills they’ve developed throughout the year with their local AGBU Chapter teams.
The Victoria Day long-weekend was a busy one at the AGBU Center in Toronto. Weekend activities kicked off on Friday, May 18, 2012, with two basketball games between the AGBU Toronto and Montreal teams, followed by a fun social event. The tournament continued the next day and Sunday, as visiting athletes from Montreal and Detroit exhibited great sportsmanship and offered spectators many nail-biting moments. The gym was packed with happy faces both young and old, creating a great opportunity for old friends from different cities to reconnect.
A volunteer kick-off breakfast and gathering took place on April 15, 2012, in preparation for the upcoming AGBU Summer World Games at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center in Pasadena. Hosted by the AGBU World Games Committee, the morning event brought together nearly 100 people, who all showed great interest in a variety of volunteer positions for this summer. AGBU World Games Committee chairman Shahe Sueylemezian welcomed attendees and informed them about not only the various opportunities available within subcommittees, but also how each task they took on would help ensure the success of this large-scale undertaking. The main committee has already been working tirelessly since last year.
In anticipation of the scores of athletes, coaches, supporters and guests who plan to attend the AGBU World Games this summer in Los Angeles, the event’s committee, headed by Shahe Seuylemezian, has just launched a website – www.agbugames.com – with all the pertinent information. Join us from July 28 to August 5, 2012, as we cheer on dozens of AGBU teams from around the world!
In an effort to raise funds for their trip to Los Angeles this summer to participate in the AGBU World Games, the AGBU Toronto Sports & Youth Committee (SYC) co-sponsored an evening with famous Armenian comedian and writer Vahe Berberian on November 9, 2011. Berberian delighted over 400 audience members with his humorous anecdotes on Armenian life. The event’s other co-sponsor was the Holy Trinity Armenian Church’s local branch of ACYOC (Armenian Church Youth Organization of Canada); the two groups raised close to $4,500, which they split evenly.
The AGBU Cairo website has some of the basketball results from the current Pan-Armenian Games, which continues until August 21.