SF Rec and Park Hosts Olympic Viewing Party at Civic Center Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will bring a giant screen to Civic Center Plaza Saturday for its second public viewing party for the London 2012 Summer Olympics broadcast this Saturday, August 11th.  Thousands of viewers are expected to gather and watch the world’s best athletes go for the gold in some of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the games.

“The viewing parties celebrate the Olympic Games and inspire our communities, especially our kids, to engage in sports,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We can learn so much from our Olympians as we watch their strength to excel in the Olympic Games and commitment to healthy competition.”

In addition to the giant screen, the event will feature a range of gourmet food options from local Food Trucks and family friendly activities such as face-painting and Olympic-themed sports activities such as basketball games and min-track and field events on the Civic Center lawn. The first viewing party was held Tuesday, August 8 and was combined with the department’s annual Playday on the Green carnival for summer campers.

Event sponsors include NBC Bay Area, Visa, and Coca-Cola, Recology and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. 

“As a proud sponsor of the Olympic Games, Coca-Cola is excited to come together with the city of San Francisco in honoring U.S Olympic athletes and in promoting healthy, active living,” said Rene Hom, vice president of Product Supply Systems for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “This event truly showcases the best in sports, and celebrates the youths in our communities.”

“As an Official Sponsor of the Olympic Games for over 25 years, Visa is thrilled to be able to promote Olympic spirit and highlight the importance of healthy, active lifestyles by supporting the Recreation and Park Department’s free Olympic Viewing parties in Civic Center Plaza.” said, Nathan Nayman, Head of State and Local Relations – California for Visa. 

Last week, SF Rec and Park in partnership with Mayor Lee’s Protocol Office, hosted a flag raise ceremony in honor of the U.S. Olympians.  Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown was the emcee of the ceremony, and joined by Charlotte Shultz, Chief of Mayor’s Protocol Office, British Consul General Priya Guha and representatives from Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee.  In addition, three U.S. Olympians from Past Olympic Games, Marilyn King, Ted Murphy, and Sean Nolan spoke with SF Rec and Park Athletic Camp kids about their experience as Olympians.

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