There’s something about watching Olympic athletes that makes you want to get off the couch and go break a world record.
Well, maybe not a world record. But at least run around outside.
Which is why Patch is excited to be joining with First Lady Michelle Obama for Olympic Fun Day. The first lady is leading the U.S. Olympic delegation at the Summer Games opening ceremonies in London on Friday July 27. Her fitness initiative, Let’s Move, and Patch are teaming up to bring Olympic sports to life for you and your family in your town. Here's how:
1. If you (or anyone you know) are interested in trying an Olympic sport, check out Partnership for a Healthier America’s website, where you can track down professionals who offer instruction in your region in everything from swimming to cycling to track and field. Here are some listed in the Melrose area:
USA Swimming Clubs
Boys & Girls Club Team
New England Boys & Girls Club of Woburn / 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801-2383
Contact Person: Anthony Fiore
North Shore Swim Club
Northeast Metro Tech / 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA 01880-3568
Contact Person: Dan Warner
Melrose YMCA Sharks
Melrose YMCA / 497 Main St., Melrose
Contact Person: Laura McCormack
Burbank Y Bluefins Swim Team
Burbank YMCA / 36 Arthur B. Lord Drive Reading, MA 01867-1622
Contact Person: Mark Taffe
North Suburban Y Vikings
North Suburban YMCA / 137 Lexington St., Woburn, MA 01801-4746
Phone: 781-935-3270 / 250
Contact Person: Rebekah Torresson
USA Cycling and USA BMX
Wakefield, MA 01833
Contact Person: AJ Bontorno
2. You can find local Olympic Fun Day events on the First Lady’s Let’s Move website, which right now has a great page about how to set up your own local Olympics, full of fun and fresh air!
3. Check out our Directory and Events Calendar - we have listings for places that teach everything from karate to weight training. In our calendar of events, you can find day camps where you could learn archery or play soccer. Or if you are looking for a great venue to watch events that are more fun with a crowd, check out our listing of great local sports bars.
And don't forget to go for the gold!