The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla will present the 17th Annual Junior Olympics on Saturday, May 17, at the Edwards Stadium at La Jolla High School.
More than 600 students have already registered for this year's event. The club hosts students from all of the La Jolla elementary schools, including The Gillispie School, Bird Rock Elementary, Torrey Pines Elementary, Stella Maris Academy, The Evans School and from this year's two new additions - The Children's School and All Hallows Academy.
The event is open to students ages 5 –12 who attend any of these elementary schools.
Check-in starts at 7:15 a.m. with the events starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.
A ribbon is awarded to each participant for each event in which they compete. Medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each event.
There is a Fastest Boys relay team race and a Fastest Girls relay team race with one team of four members from each of the participating schools. The event will conclude with Fastest Boy in La Jolla and a Fastest Girl in La Jolla races.
A trophy is presented to the winners of each of these events, as well as a medal to each winner. A SPIRIT Award trophy is awarded to the school with the highest percentage of student participating.
The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla pays for the event through money raised from various fundraisers, most notably the La Jolla Kiwanis Pancake Day and the La Jolla Half Marathon. Major event sponsors are Carl and Jeanine Volinski of La Jolla Insurance Services. The club also enjoys the support of the La Jolla YMCA, the coaches and principals at each school and from all of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla members who support the Junior Olympics each year.
About 100 volunteers stage the events. For information, call Avelino Cortina at (858) 456-4918.