In Ancient Greece, “Sports Day events” were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. The competition was among representatives of several city-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece.
This tradition continues at the American International School of Monrovia, with our annual PTA Sports Day. This event usually occurs in January, as the average AISM parent gains over five pounds during the three-week Holiday break. According to Nurse G, “the metabolism rates of AISM adults do not equal that of their students.”
The PTA, along with the Sports Day executive committee, helps and encourages students to be part of the AISM ‘Annual Sports Day’. Students participate in various competing sports activities:
- Relay Race
- Sprint & Hurdles
- Bean Bag Toss
- Frisbee Golf * Adult Game
- Basketball* Adult Game
Sports help improve both physical and mental strengths. Our body remains fit and healthy, allowing us to learn at an even faster rate during the second part of the school year.
The PTA and the Sports Day Executive Committee will award prizes to the winners.
As Bill said in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”: Life is also just like a game. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Participating in various games/sports develop the sporting spirit. In sports, any participating candidate may win or lose; the students learn to accept both victories and defeats with grace.
The PTA Annual Sports Day event provides ample opportunity for healthy excitement and joy.
The PTA concludes with the famous saying, “Winners win, winners lose, but winners play”.