Olympic-Style Competition Heats Up in Irving

Recreation centers compete for medals

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    Kids in Irving don't have to go all the way to London to experience Olympic action thanks to the city's version of the summer games. (Published Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012)

    Irving youth do not have to go to London to experience Olympic action.

    The city is putting on its own Summer Games, offering a taste of what it might be like to compete at the Olympics.

    Kailyn Jackson, an incoming sophomore at MacArthur High School, said she already won two medals.

    "Everybody gets really competitive, but it's actually really fun because sometimes it's like a little back and forth, like a friendly back and forth," she said. "But at the end, you kind of get to gloat if you win. That's really fun."

    Players from seven recreational centers throughout Irving are competing for top honors. About 70 students ages 11 to 17 are participating in more than 10 events.

    The city ordered more than enough gold, silver, and bronze medals that were presented to the winners.

    Incoming freshman Matthew Nguyen said he has discovered the Summer Games for the first time.

    "I didn't know of it last year because I was in my house playing games, but now I'm more active," he said. "I got a tan, looking sexy, for girls."

    Daral McKnight, senior recreation specialist, said he hopes the program teaches students about the importance of teamwork and making lasting relationships.

    "Although we're competing with each other, it's the friendship and the bonding that they have with each other, and you know it carries out when you go to school," he said.

    The Summer Games began on July 30 and end on Friday.