Houstonians ready for 31st annual Harris County Street Olympics

HOUSTON – The Harris County Street Olympics is a summertime staple.

It includes events such as Hula Hoop, kickball and jump rope. The cool thing is you don't have to be good at any of the events.

In fact, the whole point is to get better at something.

“I'm just here for the fun,” Mykayla Allen said.

This will be Allen's second year competing in the Street Olympics. Last year, she took part in the run competition after being told sprinting was not for her.

“People said I couldn't do stuff and they said I didn't have the ability to do stuff, but I pushed myself to the limit,” Allen said.

“We're trying to work on that self-esteem by them getting better so they experience that feeling of accomplishment,” Street Olympics project manager Brian Rego said.

Rego was part of the team who started the annual event 31 years ago. He’s heard countless stories like Allen’s, and similarly seen countless kids find a purpose through the program.

“That's what's sort of neat about doing something for so long. I see the impact. I know it works. I've run into kids and talked with them. We've brought people back to give testimony,” Rego said.

As for Allen, she’s excited to take part in the games, which include 12 competitions from football passing accuracy to jump-roping.

However, she’s also excited to teach other kids the lesson she’s learned.

“They trying to like build awareness saying that any kid can do stuff right, like any kid can do like a powerful thing, they just gotta put their mind to it,” Allen said.

These summertime games will culminate on Aug. 4, when the Street Olympics take over NRG Park. That’s when about 1,000 kids will compete for their very own golds.

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