Flint will celebrate one of its strongest and longest traditions when it hosts the CANUSA Games Aug. 9-11, the Crim Fitness Foundation announced today.
Hundreds of youth from Flint and its competitor city, Hamilton, Ontario, will participate in sports ranging from swimming, basketball, track and field, tennis, and soccer to wrestling and ice hockey at CANUSA and its preliminary competition, the Greater Flint Olympian Games.
Competitions are held throughout the community, including City of Flint-operated venues, and usually attract thousands of athletes from Genesee County.
The CANUSA 5K Run and Walk will be held Sept. 14, in conjunction with The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren, at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, organizers announced. Proceeds from the race will support future Greater Flint Olympian and CANUSA Games.
Formed from the efforts of the Canadian and United States Amateur Athletic Unions, CANUSA is one of multiple, sanctioned athletic events held between American and international youth throughout several decades. Flint was identified with a city of comparable size and other similarities, resulting in the pairing with Hamilton, Ontario in 1957.
Local athletes who qualify in the Greater Flint Olympian Games may compete against Hamilton youth at CANUSA, regularly alternating travel to the United States and Canada.
To register for the July 22 CANUSA Golf Outing at the Flint Golf Club click here.