Kids From Fort Worth Going To Italy For Competition

Alan Scaia
July 05, 2018 - 12:26 pm
Sister Cities Olympics

Alan Scaia


FORT WORTH (KRLD) - About 80 kids from Fort Worth are flying to Italy for an international competition in one of Ft. Worth's sister cities. Reggio Emilia is hosting the "Tricolore Youth Sports Games" through July 14.

Kids from Fort Worth are the only team from the United States. Reggio Emilia has invited teams from 30 sister cities around the world.

"It'll be a good experience, a learning experience to be able to function on their own in another country," says Parker Graves, an assistant coach for Fort Worth's baseball team. "I'm excited. I'm super encouraged for these kids."

The kids are between the ages of 11 and 17. They will compete in baseball, volleyball and swimming and live together in an "Olympic-style" village.

Graves says the games will help kids communicate with each other, even if they do not speak the same language.

"It's gonna be fun," one boy said as the US team waited for a flight at DFW Airport. "It's definitely going to be an interesting experience. We're going to meet a lot of new cultures and a lot of different people."