Unification News for July 1996



On Thursday July 4th, the heavens kept the rain at bay, while 250 children competed in the 7th Annual Blessed Children's Olympics, at Belvedere in Tarrytown, New York. In spite of ominous weather warnings it turned out to be a gorgeous day, with a light sprinkle of rain coming only at the end, suggesting that it might be time to head home.

This annual event was founded by True Mother 7 years ago for the spiritual, physical, and social development of Blessed children. Under the loving guidance of Mrs. Mal Sook Lee, Eric Holt and Eric Erstling were the main organizers of the event. John Kung took charges of the sports-a mighty feat of organization. Paul Fontaine constructed the stage, obstacle courses, and took care of dozens of other tasks. Hamako Miyake miraculously took care of everyone as they arrived at the gate.

Many thanks to go Mark Johnson, Charles Patterson, Yoshiko Moik, Yoshimi Tazawa, Jonathan Gullery, dozens of youthful helpers, and many others.

The highlight of the Games was the awards ceremony, when Kwon Jin Nim and Hwa Yun Nim presented the prizes. Lines soon formed-or signatures. See you next year!


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