Source : King Khalid University - Media Center
The National Association of Orphans' Care Providers kicked off the Second National Olympiad for Orphan Care Associations in the Kingdom on Monday at the main campus. The event is sponsored by the Governor of Asir, His Royal Highness Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and conducted by the association's General Director, Dr. Saad Al-Amr. This year's Olympiad was conceived by the Abha Orphans Association and planned in partnership with King Khalid University. The event drew more than 200 competitors from around the Kingdom.
In the opening ceremony, General Director Al-Amr welcomed the participants and spectators. He thanked the Governor for his support and sponsorship of the games. He also thanked the university for hosting the event. He noted that orphanages have evolved over the decades. Traditionally the state mainly provided for the material needs of orphans. Now orphanages and their partners provide physical care and also strive to maximize each person's potential to benefit the individual and the society writ large. The providers have a certain amount of autonomy to carry out this mission. The attendees viewed a brief presentation on the association's purpose and the role of the games.
The Olympiad includes both sporting and non-sporting events. Sports competitions include: Table tennis, swimming, track and football. Non-sport competitions include: Recitation of the Holy Quran, public speaking, cultural competition and theater.
The participating association members include: The Khatin Association, Human Rights Association, Trauef Association, Abha Association, Abna Association, Raq Association, Rfkaha Association, Aknaf Association, Al Rass, Champions, Jeddah Orphanage, and Jubail Orphanage.
Morning and evening sessions are being held through Friday the 22nd of Dhū Al-Ḥijjah at the university theater and gymnasium at the main campus.