July 31, 2012 –MAYETTA: Even though it was a hot day last Saturday on the reservation it did not stop families from coming to Rez-Lympics, a community event held in Prairie Peoples Park. Jennifer Hale who is with the PBPN Social Services Department and helped keep the registration count, said that around 200 had registered for the event but she thought a lot more attended than that.
The event was advertised as a way to celebrate the Olympic season only with a native twist and as a means of promoting healthy relationships and a safe community. A pot-luck kicked off the evening that was followed by several games and competitions designed for all ages. Among them was a tire toss, obstacle course, and softball throw, and kids had fun getting their faces painted and participating in a bean-bag toss. Volleyball games were also played and one of the big highlights of the evening was the water melon eating contest. These were just a few of the events organizers had planned and people also just had fun visiting with each other.
Rez-Lympics was sponsored by PBPN Tribal Victim Services, Tribal Police, Fire Department, Diabetes Prevention Program, Boys & Girls Club, the Division of Planning and EPA and Kansas Reservation Ministries.
Below are some photos that were taken at the event by Jennifer Hale and Carrie O’Toole.
Gubba Hale and Daniel Goombi as melon heads. Gubba won the water melon eating contest in the men’s category.
Miyah Danielson won the watermelon contest in the women’s category. She is on the left in the foreground.
Another view of the water melon eating contest.
Daryon O’Toole tries a hand at the bean bag toss. Helping him is Michael Carpenter.
We-Ta-Se Color Guard marching in for the opening ceremony of Rez-Lympics.