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Opening ceremonies for the YMCA’s 24th annual Youngstown Area Community Cup took place at the downtown YMCA Friday evening.
Teams still have a few weeks before the actual athletic challenge, but they spent the evening getting into the team spirit with a banner competition. Three judges were to choose the best banner, and organizers also welcomed the community out to help judge.
Each team had one hour to create their banner. The banners then will be used during the athletic competitions.
Former Mahoning County Commissioner and Youngstown mayoral candidate John McNally, chairperson for this year’s Community Cup, lit the torch and kicked off the three-week event. This year, 20 teams made up of employees from 80 area businesses and organizations will compete in about 17 different athletic events.
“We wanna incorporate fitness and health to all the different companies because as any boss would know, a healthy employee is a happy employee,” said Community Cup director Jennifer Quinlan.
The Youngstown YMCA started the event more than 20 years ago to teach the importance of teamwork, community pride and physical fitness.
The preliminary events will take place Aug. 23-25. The final competition is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Mill Creek Park.