United States 19 July: Queens, New York City
Peace in Queens
We were welcomed by some enthusiastic employees there including Ron Britt, one of the Directors there, and coincidentally an apropos painting of a runner with a torch.
Cathy Oerter gave some of the boys an opportunity to read about peace and reflect on what it means to them.
We then carried the Peace Torch to the Al Oerter Recreation Center about a mile away from the Boys Club in Queens. Ranjana and Cathy Oerter welcomed the runners at the Al Oerter display in the entrance of this beautiful athletic facility.
Eric, the Kissena Day Camp counselor had to do 10 push ups for helping the children to guess our countries.
The World Harmony Run song offers the children and adults alike to do some creative actions while singing about peace and harmony.
Two of our guests today, Jim Wharton and Allison Wagner, inspired the children with their stories about the Olympics.
Jim, a physical therapist who has coached many athletes including Olympic and professional athletes, demonstrates some important stretches. Allison is a former Olympian swimmer who won the Silver medal in the 400 meter Individual Medley(I.M.) in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also the world record holder for that event in the 200 meter distance for almost 15 years.
This young girl accepts our Certificate of Appreciation along with some paintings offered to the staff. The paintings are reproductitons of some of the atwork created by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run, representing Peace and World Harmony.
We had a small celebration of Allison's Birthday as Cathy and Ranjana offer her a cake while we sang the birthday song. Cathy Oerter is the wife of the great Olympian Al Oerter who this athletic facility was named after. He won the Gold Medal for the discuss throw in four consecutive Olympics, each time setting a new world record. He also inspired many athletes to be creative and express themselves through various forms of art.