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.
When they’re not on the courts or in the field, youth will have the chance to meet their global peers at many social gatherings. The AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles (YPLA) has planned a summer soiree at the Sheraton Universal Hotel rooftop, for the evening of Tuesday, July 31; a private beach party will take place on Wednesday, August 1; and on Friday, August 3, the AGBU Ardavazt Theater Group will perform their hit comedy “Ser Yev Dzidzagh” (“Love & Laughter”).
After the winning athletes collect their medals, the World Games will come to a close at the Victory Ball on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The celebration, which will be held at the University Studios Backlot (New York Avenue), will feature London-based entertainer Kev Orkian and renowned singers Silva Hakobyan, Armenchik, Joseph Krikorian, as well as other special guests. Tickets can be purchased by calling 626-808-6662.
The AGBU World Games 2012 Committee is led by Shahe Seuylemezian, who commends all of the volunteers for their hard work and adds, “I am proud to say that we enjoy the dedication of hundreds of individuals who have been working the extra mile for over a year to welcome their fellow AGBU teammates and supporters for an incredible week of good sportsmanship and fun.” To learn more about the AGBU World Games, please visit: www.agbugames.com.