SAN FRANCISCO—On Thanksgiving Weekend, the Armenian youth will converge in San Francisco for what has become an annual tradition, the 39th Annual AYF Western Region Olympic Games. Members from Fourteen chapters across the Western United States will be competing in Flag Football, Soccer, and Dodgeball tournaments.
“Olympics presents a unique opportunity for the entire AYF family to come together for a weekend of camaraderie, catching up with old friends and making new ones,” explains San Francisco AYF member Raffi Senekeremian. “As a distant chapter, it tends to be difficult for us to participate with most of the AYF events that take place in the LA Area, but Olympics serves as a venue for distant chapters to be one with the LA Area chapters for a weekend of fun and competition.”
The San Francisco “Rosdom” and Orange County “Ashod Yergat” chapters have been working hard for the past year to prepare a memorable weekend for the Armenian Youth and the San Francisco community. The events will be held from Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th, with activities taking place day and night.
The weekend will begin with a welcome Yacht Party around the bay, celebrating the start of an amazing weekend. The games will begin first thing Saturday morning, with fourteen chapters competing to win the gold and bragging rights!
Saturday night, attendees will attend a Barahantes at the Khatchaturian Armenian Center’s Saroyan Hall, in celebration of, not only the winners of the 2012 games, but of the 80th Anniversary of the Armenian Youth Federation as well. The evening will undoubtedly be unforgettable, and will feature entertainment provided by Khatchig Jingirian, delicious food, and various guest speakers.
For more information on the Olympics Games and night activities, please visit www.AYF2012.com.
Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the United States, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian-American youth.