Fort Worth Athletes Return Home from Youth Sports Games

Alan Scaia
July 16, 2018 - 9:47 am
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FORT WORTH (KRLD) - 80 young athletes from Fort Worth have returned home from the "Tricolore Youth Sports Games" in Ft. Worth's sister city of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Boys on the 12 and 18-year-old baseball teams won gold, as well as the girls' volleyball team. The boys' 15-year-old baseball team won bronze.

"They had a couple guys in their 40s playing and pitching against us," a group of 18-year-old baseball players said as they arrived at DFW Airport. "We were playing grown men with beards. Some spoke English; some didn't. Some were smoking cigarettes in the dugout. They had big posters of Italian women in the dugout, as well."

The Youth Sports Games included kids from 30 of Reggio Emilia's sister cities around the world. The kids are all between the ages of 11 and 17, and they lived together in an Olympic-style village.

The games aim to help kids learn about other cultures and how to communicate with each other.

"We had a great time," says Michael Landeck. "We met new people, talked to some new people, saw how other people react to things, what they do in their regular lives."