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East Los Angeles Children Celebrate Olympic Games


Photo courtesy of Centro de Niños

Centro de Niños in East Los Angeles is hosting its own version of the Olympic games this summer, starting with their own opening ceremonies held last Friday, the same day as the opening ceremonies for the official games in London. According to program director Raema Avalos, the large number of Latino participants in this year’s 30th Olympic Games in London inspired the Center to host its very first homemade version of the games, complete with cardboard double decker buses and a mini Big Ben. Seventy-four East Los Angeles area children lit the ceremonial cauldron with torches of painted toilet paper rolls and flames of colored tissue paper during Centro’s opening ceremony, and some have already participated in events such as gymnastics (rhythmic dancing to music), and shot put (throwing tennis balls in old socks).