60 Host Cities · 1 Unifying Message · 1 Single Day (JUNE 24, 2023)
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The inaugural Olympic/Paralympic Cities - Day of PEACE & SOLIDARITY 2023 ('OPC-DPS 23') is complete! CONGRATULATIONS - with your help, we succeeded in building awareness and support for establishing something brand new within the Olympic and Paralympic ('OLY/PLY') movements -- one day a year to promote Olympic/Paralympic-inspired PEACE in the 60 Host Cities (past and awarded) of the Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Games (see map below) .
OPC-DPS is envisioned as a day to remind the world of our mission to use sport and the Games to create “a better and more peaceful world”, as the Olympic Charter states. It takes place annually on June 24th, a day after 'Olympic Day' in order to coincide with and complement those activities.
OPC-DPS is athlete-driven and locally-driven, using the revered sites of the Host Cities as platforms to deliver a simple, unifying, inspiring, and non-political gesture and message. In 2024 we look forward to building extensive partnerships with the formal national and international OLY/PLY organizations such as the IOC, WOA, IPC, and WUOC, among others.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES ON THE ROAD TO PARIS!
Now we cast our attention forward towards June 2024 when we will work with local Host City Olympic and Paralympic (‘OLY/PLY’) stakeholders worldwide — Local Athletes/Coaches, City/Local Officials, Legacy/OCOG/Tourism/Sports Groups, and Other Supporters — to build more robust and exciting OPC-DPS events and programming in advance of the Paris 2024 Games.
We still appreciate your taking a moment to make this Olympic and Paralympic dream come true by registering your support for the OPC-DPS day and concept here.
We welcome you comments, questions, and suggestions about making OPC-DPS better and more reflective of the OLY/PLY values and ideals — Inspiration, Respect, Courage, Excellence, Determination, Friendship, and Equality ... towards "a better and more peaceful world" — that we seek to nurture globally (especially with our Paralympic friends and family). And please let us know if you are interested in serving on our OPC-DPS International Advisory Board.
In the Paralympic and Olympic Spirit!
Charles Altekruse OLY (OPC-DPS 23 Global Project Manager)
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“The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but fought well. To spread these principles is to build up a strong and more valiant and, above all, more scrupulous and generous humanity.”
- Pierre de Coubertin, Founder of the Modern Olympics
"I dream of the day when there will be Olympic Games for people with disabilities…Games, sport…that is what we must have…The aim of the Stoke Mandeville Games is to unite paralyzed men and women from all parts of the world in an international sports movement, and your spirit of true sportsmanship today will give hope and inspiration to thousands of paralyzed people."
- Sir Ludwig Guttmann, Founder of the Modern Paralympics
* Paralympic Games held in London 1948-1960 and after 1988 with Olympic Games
This small Olympic Alpine Village did not have the resources for a big event so the local Olympic Museum posted the event on their electronic bulletin-board and scheduled a reception for local athletes and enthusiasts. The Host City Proclamation was read by the Museum Director and local athletes. A replica relay torch from the museum's collection was passed around at the reading which was featured on the local news stations.
The Olympic and Paralympic athletes of this Host City created their own Host City Team (local organizing/sponsoring group) to join this year's campaign and return the Participation/ Signatory Form. Because of timing and resource issues, that was all the Host City Team could do this year -- but it was enough to participate in OPC-DPS 23! In future years, a 5k fun run/walk race through the city led by both Olympic and Paralympic racers is envisioned.
This city hosted the Youth Games and emphasized youth during their OPC-DPS 23 events. They conducted a citywide schools art competition to design the official Host City OPC-DPS 23 poster. Finalists received a certificate from the mayor and interviews by local media. At the official proclamation and flame lighting event, 129 white doves were released into the sky, one dove for every year since the founding of the modern Olympic movement in 1894.
Charles Altekruse, OLY USA Rowing 1980 & 88
Mobile/WhatsApp: +1 510-913-3669; Skype: caltekruse
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