BY PATTYL APOSHIAN
The dreamers can see it clearly even though it’s months away. There’s an oversized stadium in the San Fernando Valley with 20,000 Homenetmen supporters, volunteers, and community members stirring with excitement and roaring for the parade of athletes and scouts from 17 chapters to march into view; proudly wearing their chapter colors and waving their hands and medals.
Imagine Homenetmen’s Western Region coming together as one on the night of July 3rd for the closing ceremonies of the 36th Annual Navasartian Games. This is what we work toward—the closing ceremonies. However, with every end, there is a beginning and the dash in between. And this beginning and dash in between is something that shouldn’t be missed!
Plans are underway to organize the biggest and most attended Opening Ceremony on Sunday, May 15th at Birmingham High School. The program will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. with games all day and visits from food trucks and vendors. “We just couldn’t let the Opening Ceremony pass without a big bang this year,” said Salpi Jejeian, Committee Member. “We want the community to experience the excitement and energy that is behind the 36th Annual Navasartian Games.”
May through June notes the dash in between filled with athletic games including basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, track and field and many other individual sports. “Homenetmen’s motto, ‘Elevate Yourself and Others with You’, is a reminder to each member that they have a fiduciary duty to cultivate relationships with fellow Armenians and work together to guarantee the continuance of a strong and structured Armenian culture,” said Mher Tavidian, Committee Chairman. “Every game, every win or loss, every new relationship is a reminder of Homenetmen’s motto and ongoing success.”
The Navasartian Games age with each coming year. It grows robust because of the support of its 17 Regional Chapters, volunteers, scouts and athletes. It grows with every memory created on the basketball court, the park grass where scouts conduct their exercise routines and the small conference rooms where schedules are made, carpools are organized and the leaders of tomorrow are created.
The Navasartian Games also celebrate the accomplishments of the parents, volunteers and the chapters by bringing together community leaders and donors for a night of celebration under the stars at the Victory Banquet on Saturday, June 25th at the CBS Studios. This red-carpet formal event is the ideal venue to shine light and praise on the talent that the community sees behind the vendor booths year after year. This year, the Victory Banquet features a Youth After Dark Party—open for young adults after 11 p.m.
The Festival begins Thursday, June 30th with fireworks and internationally-known singers and continues throughout the weekend with the biggest and largest celebration on Sunday, July 3rd as we bring together members, supporters and government officials for the Closing Ceremonies and Parade.
The Games and Festival will draw in over 30,000 spectators from the 17 chapters in the Western U.S. Region. The championship games and festival will be held at Birmingham High School located at 17000 Haynes Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406.
With the start, dash in between and closing of the Navasartian Games and Festival, there is something for everyone. Join. Participate. Support.
Spring is here and that means Navasartian is everywhere.