Written by Nick Kammerer
Dozens of enthusiastic Irving teens gathered to participate in the first week of the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Summer Games on July 29th-August 2nd.
Week one of the Summer Games consisted of multiple sporting events hosted at each of the Irving Recreation facilities.
Students 11 years old through the age of 18 are eligible to participate in the exciting summer activities. They are divided into two groups. Participants under the age of 14 are placed into the “youth games” category, and teens 15 years of age and older are placed into the “teen games” category.
“I got involved with the Parks and Rec Summer Games because my parents couldn’t pick me up after school until later at night because of their job schedule, so I signed up at Lively Point so that I could stay late until they were able to pick me up,” 16-year-old Irving High School Junior, Martin Nguyen, said. “I am involved with most of the games – yesterday, I was in tennis and dominoes. It’s good for competition and it’s a lot of fun.”
The youth participants were divided into teams based upon the recreational facility they signed up for. Their training began earlier this summer at their home recreation center where the teams and their coaches practiced for each of the Summer Game events.