Summer Games Opening Ceremonies Olympic Day



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NEW THIS YEAR: Athletes will parade into the ballpark and remain on the field for a picture (weather permitting).



Friday, June 26, 2015 (10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.)


Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus 


60 members from the Boy's and Girl's Club of Grand Rapids will gather at GVSU for Olympic Day 2015, where they will partake in the following activities:

  • Field Day 
  • Inspirational Message from Olympians
  • GVSU Campus Tour
Check out the Olympians that will be in attendance!
Tom O'Rourke (Cycling, 1952)
Tom O'Rourke is an American cyclist that competed in the individual 
and Team Road Race Events at the 1952 (Finland) Summer Olympics.
O'Rourke picked up the sport at the age of 15 and has been doing it
ever since. During his career, he was won 7 World Masters Championships.
In 2000, he won 4 Master World Titles and set 2 world-records that same
year. Just recently, in 2011, Tom put on another world-record breaking
performance when he completed the fastest 500-meter cycling sprint for
a 76-year old at 42.228 seconds.  
Pearce "Rocky" Lane (Boxing, 1956)
Rocky Lane boxed in the 1956 Olympics (Australia) where he won a 
Bronze medal. On his way to bronze, he even beat the overall Gold
favorite which sent him to the quarter finals. Rocky was a member of
the Air Force when he was called to represent the United States
at the Olympics.
Emory Clark (Rowing, 1964)
Emory Clark is an American Competition rower that competed in the
1964 (Tokyo) Olympics. In the Olympics, Emory was a member of
the Gold-Medal winning team for the Coxed Eights. Born in Detroit,
Emory ended becoming the captain of the rowing team at Yale. 
Today, Emory is now a law attorney and even wrote his own book,
titled Olympic Odyssey.
Bill Smoke (Canoe/Kayak, 1964)
Bill Smoke (8th from left, top row) competed in the 1964 (Tokyo)
Olympics where he competed in both Canoe & Kayak. In the Men's
Kayak Fours 1,000 meter race,  Smoke's team finished in a time of 3:45.74.
Bill's son, Jeff, competed in the 2004 (Athens) Olympics in Canoeing.
Bill has ties to the the California Kayak Club and the Detroit Boat Club,
off nearby Bell Isle island in Detroit, Michigan. Bill currently resides in
Niles, Michigan.
Judi Brown Clarke (Track & Field, 1984)
Judi Brown Clarke competed in the 1984 (Los Angeles) Olympics where
she received a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles. Clarke has also
won two gold medals in the Pan American Games. In 1987, she was 
named the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated for her
outstanding work in the community. Judi has two degrees from
Michigan State University, a bachelor's and a master's degree. 
Today, Judi is a the diversity director for the BEACON Center in 
addition to being the head represenative for the United States Olympic
Committee in the State of Michigan. 
Nick Baumgartner (Snowboarding, 2010, 2014)
Nick Baumgartner is a snowboarder from Iron River in the Upper 
Pennisula.  He has competed in both the 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014  
(Sochi) Olympics and has even competed in several Winter X Games
events, where he has won a gold and a silver medal in Snowboard Cross.
As if the snowboarding life is not enough, Nick also competed in Off-Road
Racing under the Traxxas TORC Series. In 2013, he moved over to the 
Stadium Super Trucks Series.

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