In its third year now, the annual youth sports event Come Play Play creates a time of bonding between the young and the old.
Held on Mar 17, Come Play Play 2019 brought students from different secondary schools together for an exciting time of sports and competitions. This event, now three years in, is organized by Higher, the youth wing of City Harvest Community Services Association. For the first time, Come Play Play was held at the Singapore Sports Hub.
This year’s event saw its highest attendance yet: 599 participants. The youths were divided into groups of 10 to compete in games like Dodgeball, Captain’s Ball and track and field events.
The games helped to forge friendships and release potential in participants. First-time attendee Agnes Ong said, “I am very happy and excited to gain new experiences and make new friends.”
The 18-year-old student, who participated in a track event for the first time, also discovered her talent for running. “I never knew I could run so fast!” she exclaimed.
A CHANCE TO SERVE THE ELDERLY
In “Generation Fun Run”, each participating youth was attached to an elderly person to complete an 8 x 50m relay. This activity helped to bridge the generation gap and build a relationship between the young and the old.
Tew Ah Moi, an 80-year-old participant with five great-grandchildren, was beaming with joy after the run. “This is very exciting,” she said in Mandarin, showing no signs of tiredness. “It’s a rare opportunity to spend time with you young people. It reminds me that as an elderly person, we can do anything!”
The event ended with a prize presentation ceremony to celebrate outstanding achievements by the youth and their new elderly friends.