Greater Flint Olympian Games:
As the Vehicle City continued to flourish in the 1950’s and 1960’s, communities within Flint and Genesee County continued to grow, and so did the number of student athletes participating in sports. This in return created a larger demand for organized sports programming in the summer, where programming wasn’t currently being offered. In an effort to help bring organized sports programming to student athletes within Flint and Genesee County during the summer, the Greater Flint Olympian Games were born in 1957. Teams from all over Genesee County and Flint competed against each other in numerous sports to help create more competition. In July of 1957, the Greater Flint Olympian Games were launched.
The Greater Flint Olympian games took off and was a great success. So much so that Flint officials of the Games wanted a city that was similar in size and population to compete against each other on a yearly basis to further create more athletic competition, as well as offer another way for student athletes to challenge themselves. Hamilton, Ontario of Canada was eventually selected, and the CANUSA Games were officially formed in August of 1958.
Since 1957, more than 700,000 athletes from ages 5 - 85 have participated in the Greater Flint Olympian and CANUSA Games, and have created numerous professional and semi-professional athletes over the past 63 years.
With the emergence and successes of the Greater Flint Olympian Games in July of 1957, Flint Officials of the Games wanted a city of similar size and population to compete against each other on a yearly basis. Hamilton, Ontario of Canada was selected in 1958 as the competing city, and the name “CANUSA Games” was derived from this international summer athletic games competition being between Canada and the USA. Athletes who performed exceptionally well in the Greater Flint Olympian Games where then selected to represent Flint in their respective sport at the CANUSA Games.
Throughout the history of the Games, there has been more than 26 different sports for athletes to participate and compete in: Basketball, Baseball, Swimming, Tennis, Archery, Skeet, Hockey, Track, Soccer, Bowling, Darts, Pickleball, Volleyball and Weightlifting are just some of the sports that have been offered throughout the rich history of the Games. The Greater Flint Olympian and CANUSA Games have also produced numerous professional and semi-professional athletes in the process.
Every year the host city alternates. Student athletes are housed with host families that have kids competing in the Games, This is where the motto and spirit of the games “Experience the Friendship” turns into fruition. After daily competition, athletes get a chance to just be kids and learn the different customs and cultures from each other, showing them what their host City has to offer and help create memories for them to last a lifetime.