The Asian Olympic Games, or Asian Olympics, is a multi-sport tournament for Asian Americans. It is also known by its Vietnamese name, Đại Hội Thể Thao. The event is a Texas tradition that began in 1980 at the University of Texas in Austin, and the games rotate between UT Austin, UT Arlington and Texas A&M. Though always held in Texas, participants drive from all over the nation to compete! The 2017 tournament will be held in Arlington, and hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at UT Arlington.
Players with any degree of Asian ancestry are eligible to play, and non-Asian players may also enter. However, teams are limited to one non-Asian participant per team. All ages and skill levels are welcome, with the most common background expected to be players who are college-aged to mid 30s, and NOT current or former Division 1 level. Players (who register timely) will receive a T-shirt, and winning teams/players will be awarded a medal or trophy.
Sports include Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. All sports, except Tennis, are team sports. Tennis is individual competition. Games will tentatively be played on Saturday, March 18, with an 8:00 AM start. Sites include UT Arlington's Maverick Activities Center and the Intramural Fields/Recreational Complex (Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer) and Arlington Tennis Center (Tennis). If draws for any sport are large in size, the competition for that sport may start on Friday evening, or extend into Sunday morning.
Net proceeds for the Asian Olympic Games go to charity, with the Catalyst Foundation's Project Backpack being the beneficiary this year. Project Backpack provides education, resources and other needs to financially challenged children and communities, and targets fighting child trafficking. The Asian Olympic Games promise to be fun and competitive, so enter today!