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The GOOD GAMES July 8-9 University of Guelph News

The GOOD GAMES is Set for This Weekend!

Come and join us this weekend to witness the incredible Good Games and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere. Best of all, entry is absolutely free!

The University of Guelph will be hosting the Good Games, which will take place on July 8 and 9 as part of the second annual event. Originally planned for 2020, the inaugural event was rescheduled and held in 2022 at Exhibition Park under the name “Guelph Games.”

The organizers have announced that they are well on their way to doubling last year’s attendance, aiming to establish the Good Games as Canada’s largest masters’ multi-sport festival. This exciting occasion will feature six sports in which over 1,000 athletes aged 30 and above will compete. The sports include 3v3 basketball, beach volleyball, five- and ten-kilometer trail races, slo-pitch, athletics, and pickleball.

Helen Stoumbos, the Games’ president and CEO, highlighted that the event will provide an Olympic-style atmosphere. Stoumbos, a former Canadian World Cup soccer player, is not only a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame but also a distinguished inductee of the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame.

Stoumbos expressed, “We are creating an athlete’s village to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience, not only for the athletes but also for anyone in the community who wishes to join us, have fun, and put their skills to the test or learn new ones.”

The press release emphasized that several athletes participating in the Good Games have gained international recognition, including track athletes from Nigeria and Canadian national champions in men’s and women’s beach volleyball.

Mike F. Jean, the chief marketing officer for the Good Games, stated, “Sport has taken a back seat for many years now, and we want to change that. Our mission is to foster an inclusive, meaningful, and rewarding physical adventure, promoting health, wellness, and lifelong participation in sports for athletes of all skill levels.”

The event will cater to everyone’s interests, with over ten food trucks, free family games, inflatables, beer gardens, a Saturday night dance party featuring a DJ (on July 8), a designated family zone, skill zone, as well as valet bike parking and car parking facilities.

For further information about the Good Games, please visit the official website at thegood.games.

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