HOUSTON – The Team USA Summer Fest is bringing the spirit of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Houston.
The five-city tour aims to get fans pumped for the Tokyo 2020 Games, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced in a press release Tuesday.
The interactive festival will feature athlete meet-and-greets, opportunities to try Olympic and Paralympic sports, a Japanese Night Market with food and beverage sampling from USOPC partners and live entertainment.
The free event will be held at Discovery Green on May 9 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
The tour will include activities such as a sport climbing wall, fitness classes, a Team USA Combine, a youth obstacle course, a virtual kayak experience, a virtual para-cycling race and a social media experience that takes fans from the Opening Ceremony to the streets of Tokyo to the Team USA hype room to a grand finale, per the release. The event will also include concerts with international musical artists plus Team USA giveaways.
A dozen Team USA athletes will be available to take photos with and will be signing autographs and sharing their Olympic and Paralympic journies. Three athletes — Olymicpic Softball champion Jennie Finch, Paralympic wheelchair basketball champion Trevon Jenifer and Olympic gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin — will be at all five stops of the festival.
The Team USA Summer Fest stops include:
New York City - April 15
Houston - May 9
St. Louis - June 26-28
Nashville, Tenn. - July 3-4
Los Angeles - July 25