Although the 2017 World OutGames don’t begin until May 26, 2017, it’s not too early to register for this transformative LGBTQI 10-day program that brings together three important components that are a hallmark of the World OutGames —sports, culture and human rights, stimulating you on a physical, intellectual and emotional basis.
Approximately 10,000 participants from across the globe are expected in Miami from May 26-June 4, 2017 to participate in the 33 sporting events that are being held. There are certainly the traditional sports represented, like softball, basketball, flag football, a 5K and a 10K race, rugby and cycling. It also includes tennis, wrestling, track and field, soccer, field hockey, badminton, cheer, martial arts, golf and more.
It’s not necessary, however to be a jock with a chiseled physique (unless, of course you’re signed up for bodybuilding and physique) in order to participate. Also included in the sports category are bridge and chess, billiards, darts, even dominos. And then there are sports that take advantage of Miami’s fabulous aquatic and beach locations, like diving, swimming and synchronized swimming, water polo, rowing and beach volleyball.
The Festival Village will be held in a transformed Lummus Park, Miami Beach’s beautiful oceanfront park. Here you can find a large selection of vendors and endless entertainment on four entertainment stages throughout the village. There will be a family area as well as an adult zone. And for foodies in the crowd, there will be a wide variety of food and drink offerings that are sure to please every palate.
The opening and closing ceremonies are always “must-see” events. The host committee, led by Jerry Torres, director of Culture Social, has engaged The Impressions Group South, the producer of North America’s largest and most iconic sports half-time shows. The opening ceremony will have a roster filled with A-list entertainers, international artists and what’s being described as “mind-blowing visuals” to kick off this quadrennial event. And when everything is done, the closing ceremony will also include headliner entertainment and memorable acts from around the world – a celebratory spectacle you’ll never forget.
A priority of the OutGames is always sharing culture and art to enrich the lives of its participants. And with cultural and art talent coming from across the globe, you’ll be able to enjoy bands, choirs, art, film and dance offerings. After all, what better place to experience culture than in Miami with its rich cultural roots. Of course, social events are always popular and who knows how to throw a party better than Miami! A week of 20+ parties and events are already planned and offer something for everyone – dance parties that feature international DJs, pool parties under that wonderful Miami sun and VIP red-carpet events
An important part of the Games is to open people’s minds with compelling and current insights about the LGBTQI community from global thought leaders. The World OutGames human rights conferences are not restricted to sports issues. Miami has called for abstracts in three areas: promoting inclusivity in sports; health and wellness; and global social justice.
The multi-day human rights conference is positioned to be the most powerful gathering of internationally-respected human rights activists, researchers, legal scholars, healthcare professionals and trade organizations. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQI community, an ally or simply interested in how the journey toward equality is progressing, World OutGames Miami’s human rights conference will educate, inform and inspire you.
The World OutGames, licensed by The Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA), is made possible through the support of the Florida Sports Foundation, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority, Miami Dade Sports Commission as well as individual donors from around the world.
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