On September 19, 2002 about fifty young athletes will arrive at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree St, Atlanta They will be housed for a year in a building in the park near the Peeler Road entrance.
The athletes come under the auspices of DeKalb International Training Center headed by Dr. Marc Gutekunst with the support of the State of Georgia and DeKalb County Government. The athletes have been selected by the National Olympic Committees of eight African nations, Bosnia and Macedonia because of outstanding ability and strong character.
Daily, the athletes will go by bus to various training centers around Atlanta, mainly at Emory, Georgia Tech and Perimeter College South Campus. They will also attend English as a Second Language at the Chamblee Center. There will be cultural exchange activities at DeKalb County schools, colleges and universities. DITC plans to organize athletic exchange training programs and a Track and Field Invitational Championship.
Dunwoody North Civic Association has offered to arrange a welcoming meeting in the Fall of 2002 for the Olympic hopefuls.
Date, time and place will depend on their schedule. This is an opportunity for us and our children to meet people from other
parts of the world whose outstanding talent has won them the chance to train with coaches that are themselves Olympic winners... an opportunity that they would not have in their own developing or war-torn countries.
The Fall reception for the Olympic hopefuls will be posted on our DNCA website: www.dunwoodynorth.org. Look also for our
DNCA meeting signs in the neighborhood and for a notice in the Dunwoody Crier. If you would like to help with the reception for the athletes, please call 770-455-0650. Dunwoody is invited. Please come.