GLENDALE–Closing ceremonies for the first-ever Glendale Friendship Games, organized by the Homenetmen Ararat Chapter were held Sunday at the Glendale High School gym. Glendale High School’s drill team and choir performed during closing ceremony. The City of Glendale, the Glendale Unified School District and Glendale News-Press endorsed and sponsored this event. A final friendly basketball game with Glendale City Council members and participating non-profit organization directors took place on Saturday. More than 500 young athletes ages 10 & over were invited to take part in this tournament, making these games one of the largest multi-ethnic youth athletic events ever hosted in Glendale. Young members from different non-profit organizations and athletic groups participated in chess, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, swimming, and tennis. "The goal of these Friendship Games & Festival is to bring together the many cultures in the Glendale community and foster goodwill, create new friendships in a friendly competitive manner. We want to give the opportunity to the younger generation from different backgrounds to take part in these games and festivities, create unity and celebrate our diversity in a friendly setting," stated Armond Gorgorian, Executive Director for Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter.