Lewis, Jenner and Johnson to kick off event

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis along with winners of the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, Bruce Jenner and Rafer Johnson will officially kick off the Eugene '08 Youth Day presented by Hershey's Track & Field Games on July 1st in Eugene.

According to a media release from the USA Track & Field, the Hershey's Track & Field Games will inspire youth athletes to achieve their dreams and give them an opportunity to learn from these track and field stars during the Eugene '08 Youth Day Clinics. Lewis, Jenner and Johnson will demonstrate the hands-on skills being taught at the clinics and discuss the special activities planned for the Eugene '08 Youth Day.

In addition, Carl Lewis will announce the expansion of Hershey's FastTrack to Sports, a track and field program designed to make it easier for families to live active and healthy lifestyles.

The event held at the Track Town Plaza Stage is scheduled to begin with a media conference at 3 p.m. on July 1st, followed at 4:30 p.m. by the Oregon Track Club All Comers meet. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. the three legends will assist with the Youth clinics and then from 7 until 8 p.m. be available for an autograph session.

Hershey's Track & Field Games is the longest running youth program of its kind in the United States and Canada. For 31 years, Hershey's Track & Field Games has offered fun and quality recreation and school programs introducing children to physical fitness through basic track and field events like running, jumping and throwing. Open to boys and girls ages nine - 14, the games attract more than 400,000 participants who compete in local, district, state and provincial meets held across North America from April - July. Hershey's Track & Field Games brings at least five finalists from each of the 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and three Canadian territories to the North American Final Meet, held July 31 - August 3 at Henry Hershey Field in Hershey, Pa. In total, 560 child athletes participate in the final event and get the chance to meet some of the greatest athletes in track and field.

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