Dallas 2012 Officials Propose Baylor To Host Youth Camp During 2012 Olympic Games

Aug. 30, 2000

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Dallas 2012 Bid Committee officials announced today that they will propose Baylor University in Waco as the venue to host the prestigious Youth Camp to be held during the 2012 Olympic Games. The Dallas 2012 Board of Directors will consider all proposed venues for the bid, including the Youth Camp, at a meeting this Fall.

The Youth Camp will bring together during the Olympic Games up to 1,500 young people from throughout the world. A primary purpose is to make participants aware of the ideals of the Olympic Movement. Program activities include sports, cultural and folklore events, as well as admission to certain Olympic competitions.

"Baylor University and the City of Waco demonstrated from the beginning an enormous energy and desire to make this Youth Camp a world-class, unforgettable experience that mirrors the mission of the Olympic Games," said Grady Hicks, Dallas 2012 founder and board member. "We believe Baylor, with its impressive plans and enthusiasm, would be a tremendous host."

Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said the recommendation results from the unified efforts of Baylor University, the City of Waco and the Waco Chamber of Commerce. The Waco Sports Commission spearheaded the effort.

"It is a tremendous honor for Baylor University and the City of Waco to have the opportunity to host youth from every participating country during the 2012 Olympic Games," said Dr. Sloan. "We are grateful that the Dallas 2012 Bid Committee has recommended that we play such a key role in this high profile event."

The bid is due to the United States Olympics Committee on Dec. 15, 2000.

Dallas 2012 is a privately funded, non-profit organization, authorized by the City of Dallas and representing North Texas in a bid to become the U.S. Candidate City and ultimately to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

To learn more about Dallas 2012 and to sign-up as a member or volunteer, visit their web site at www.dallas2012.org or call the Dallas 2012 Hotline at 214-875-2012.

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