For Immediate Release
Children of Local Apartment Communities Compete in 20th Annual First Realty Management Olympiad
Bridgewater, Mass–Spirited competition, world class Olympic -style sportsmanship and some surprise visits by local sports figures will highlight the 20th anniversary of the First Realty Management Olympiad, when children from 10 affordable and mixed income apartment communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will meet to compete at Bridgewater/Raynham High School, Friday, August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Teams comprising children aged 7 to 15 will participate in a variety of contests, ranging from the more traditional running events to a colorful football toss and Tug of War. All the youngsters are residents of apartment communities managed by First Realty Management Corp., which manages over 6,000 apartments and condominiums in New England.
Massachusetts participants will include children from Battles Farm Village and Davis Commons in Brockton, Brandywyne Village in East Boston, Stony Brook Commons and Cummins Towers in Roslindale, Broadway Glen in Chelsea, Taunton Gardens in Taunton, Bay Village in Fall River, and The Fairways in Worcester. The state of Rhode Island will be represented by a team from Oxford Gardens in South Providence.
The Olympiad is intended to build a sense of community among children who live in the same apartment communities, but may attend different schools at distant locations, making it difficult to connect in a positive way with the other kids in the neighborhood. With practices throughout the summer, children learn valuable teamwork and cooperation skills, plus have an opportunity to develop confidence and self esteem.
At the Olympiad, children will earn recognition for successfully completing events, will win trophies for sportsmanship, outstanding effort and team spirit, and will receive gold, silver and bronze medals for both individual and team accomplishments. A special “President’s Cup” trophy will be presented to the smaller or younger team that best embodies the spirit of Olympic achievement, but whose size and/or age rules out a highly competitive medal finish.
One interesting byproduct of the competition is that previous participants, who now exceed the age limits, often come back to act as coaches for their younger neighbors. Two years ago the age limit was raised to 15 to accommodate some older teens who still wanted to compete. The sports Olympiad has been so successful, that in 1999, First Realty initiated its first Academic Olympiad, which now takes place every November at Harvard. Both events have become traditions that the kids look forward to with great enthusiasm.
First Realty Management, an Accredited Management Organization (AMO)®, has been conducting activity and enrichment programs for the residents of the properties it manages for nearly 40 years. Two of the communities represented at the Olympiad, Brandywyne Village and Battles Farm Village, were named the nation’s Exemplary Family developments, one in 1999 and the other in 2002, by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). Davis Commons, Brockton, achieved regional and national recognition as Best Turnaround property in 2006. Last year First Realty received the top award for managing the nation’s best housing for the elderly at The Meadows in Smithfield, RI, and this year, the company won the Paragon Award from the National Apartment Association (NAA) for its management of Camelot Court Apartments in Brighton, Mass.