Street Olympics

Street Olympics medal ceremonyCommissioner Ellis awarding medals Street Olympics basketball gameCommissioner Ellis lighting the torch for the Street Olympics

From aspiring athletes to future environmentalists, the Street Olympics has something for everyone.

The Street Olympics is a non-profit organization that encompasses a network of recreational, educational and health programs primarily serving youth between the ages of 6 and 16.During the summer, Street Olympics programming is dedicated to the Summer Games, Discovery Camp, 3-on-3 Basketball, and Final Event. Each program is hosted by multiple youth agencies in neighborhoods across the county.

At each site, staff and agency partners help lead and train the youth for competition in the various games. 3-on-3 Basketball has a final tournament in July, while the culmination of the Summer Games happens at the Final Event in August. Youth from every agency compete against one another in a fun, encouraging environment. The Final Event brings together approximately 2,000 children to celebrate the end of summer, encouraging fellowship and healthy competition. Additionally, the Bright Futures Fair occurs during the Final Event. Booth vendors around the county provide fun activities and educational and health information for families.

The Street Olympics year-round programs include the Harris County Aquatics Program (HCAP), the Northeast Adolescent Program (NEAP), and the Environmental Education program. Street Olympics now serves thousands of youth annually. To learn more about how you can sign up or be involved as a volunteer in the Street Olympics.

Due to COVID-19, regular Harris County Street Olympics programing is suspended. 

Street Olympics Programs

  • The Summer Games organizes an Olympic-style competition based on traditional “street games” like basketball, Hula Hoop, and jacks. It has grown to include other activities that challenge the mind and body such as chess, track, aquatics, and cycling. Due to COVID-19, an alternative version of the Summer Games being offered this Summer 2021.
  • Bright Futures Fair brings together booth vendors from around the county including county agencies, local schools, colleges, area museums, and private companies during the Final Event to inform and stimulate learning in a fun-filled environment.
  • Environmental Education Program aims to further our youth’s knowledge about wildlife, ecosystems, conservation and the natural world of the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • The Harris County Aquatics Program offers year-round swim lessons and competitive swimming for youth from low-income families. The best swimmers compete in a final competition known as “Splashdown” which challenges youth in a series of races and relays.

Summer Games 2021

This year marks our 35th year of service. In the past year, the team has missed everyone dearly. We don’t want to go another year without seeing you!  We are excited to inform you about the alternative version of the Summer Games being offered this Summer 2021. Events include:

  • Reading Challenge
  • Writing Competition
  • Art Contest. 
  • Triathlon, including a virtual “walk across Precinct One”