More than 300 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice are expected to participate in the “Venice Summer Olympics” promoting physical fitness and health awareness, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

Hosted by DIRECTV’s IT organization, the event will include several games that focus on physical activity and teamwork. The competition will take place in the club’s gymnasium, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

“At DIRECTV, we take pride in giving back to the community,” said Tina Morefield, director of Corporate Citizenship for DIRECTV. “Our Executive Vice President and CIO Mike Benson and his IT organization are thrilled to participate as volunteers for this event and to continue the longstanding partnership we have with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.”

The Summer Olympics competition supports one of the club’s top initiatives, Triple Play, which is a dynamic wellness program intended to show how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships create a healthy lifestyle, club officials said. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve club members’ knowledge of healthy habits, increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities, and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships, officials said.

In addition to the club’s partnership with DIRECTV for the Summer Olympics, Aug. 18 is Community Partnership Day with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Freebirds World Burritos located at 4020 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Both restaurants will donate a portion of their sales for the day to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

Information, www.bgcv.org.

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