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Celebrate 2013 Olympic Day on June 29

June 21, 2013

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – USRowing and the Princeton National Rowing Association invite you to Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J., to celebrate 2013 Olympic Day.

Join us on Saturday, June 29 from 3-7 p.m., for the 2013 Olympic Day Meet and Greet, held in conjunction with Mercer County Park’s ninth annual Freedom Festival, sponsored by 94.5 PST.

Try out a rowing machine, pick up a free team poster and enter to win a raffle for free USRowing gear. This is your chance to meet London Olympic gold medalists and learn how you can get involved in the sport!

USRowing Training Center athletes are currently training on Mercer Lake in West Windsor and on Carnegie Lake in Princeton for the 2013 World Championships in South Korea and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic Day - officially on June 21 -  is a worldwide commemoration of Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s June 23, 1894, convening of the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting at the Sorbonne in Paris, and the founding of the Modern Olympic Games. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout the world will also participate in the international celebration, with each Olympic Committee sending Olympic Day greetings to participating nations.

Continuing to increase participation numbers each year since 2010, the United States Olympic Committee announced another record-setting year for the number of Olympic Day celebrations projected to be held across the United States this year. With 715 events to be hosted in 558 cities nationwide, more than 150,000 Americans will celebrate the Olympic Movement June 21-30.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.wpst.com/pages/12179535.php. For directions to Mercer County Park, visit http://www.rowpnra.org/directions.cfm.

Media contact: Allison Frederick, USRowing Communications Manager at Allison@usrowing.org or 609-751-0710.

About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501c3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the greater Mercer County area through community based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for the youth from over 30 Mercer County area high schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County to provide mentors and rowing opportunities to the students of the Joyce Kilmer School. PNRA thanks our sponsors: University Orthopaedic Associates, Resolute Racing Shells, Killarney’s Publik House and Shavel Home Products. www.rowpnra.org. For more information contact Kristopher Grudt, 609-799-7100 x100, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing’s official suppliers include Vespoli, WinTech, Filippi, Croker Oars, Rudy Project, Concept2, Nielsen Kellerman, and Ludus Tours. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners ANXeBusiness Corp, EMCVenues, Connect-A-Dock, JanSport, Rudy Project and Boathouse Sports. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and the USRowing adaptive programs also benefit from corporate support. Free basic membership and championship level membership to USRowing is available and encouraged. For more information, please contact Beth Kohl at beth@usrowing.org.

About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org. For more information on Olympic Day celebrations in the United States or to find an event, visit TeamUSA.org/OlympicDay, email OlympicDay@usoc.org or follow and join the conversation on Twitter with the #OlympicDay hashtag.

Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org

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