The Church’s nine districts in the US West Coast held their regional Unity Games KADIWA and Binhi Edition from July 2 to 4, 2023.
The participating ecclesiastical districts were Hawaii Pacific; Los Angeles County; Mountain States; Northeast California; Northwest California; Oregon; San Diego County, California; Washington State; and host Orange County, California.
On the first day, a special gathering and friendship games were held at the house of worship and compound of the Montclair Local Congregation.
“Starting the Unity Games with a special gathering is a great way to remind the players and spectators that this is for the glory of our Almighty God and for the love of the brotherhood,” observed Ria Vicente from the Buena Park Congregation.
The sporting event was in line with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the twin youth organizations within the Church. “The success of the KADIWA and Binhi is because of God’s help and mercy with the guidance of the Christian Family Organizations (CFO) Coordinator, Brother Angelo Eraño Manalo,” explained Brother Marvin Mangune, a minister of the gospel assigned at the Irvine Local Congregation.
The Games proper kicked off on the second day with the opening ceremony highlighted by a parade of colors. Orange County District prepared various venues to accommodate the large number of participants from the districts.
Participants in archery, chess, darts, dodgeball, karate, soccer, speed cubing, sport stacking, swimming, and taekwondo all played at the facilities of Santiago Canyon College on Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA. Bowling players held their tournament at the Oak Tree Lanes along Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar, CA.
Track and field athletes and lawn tennis players competed at the Santa Ana College gym, while badminton and table tennis players vied at San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club on Telstar Ave., El Monte.
Basketball and volleyball matches took place at Momentous Sports Center on Myford Road, Irvine.
The event concluded with the awarding ceremony led by the districts’ leadership. Trophies and medals were handed to the winners, notably those from ecclesiastical districts of Orange County, San Diego County, Northwest California, and Mountain States.
“At the end of the day, we are all winners because we remain united every step of the way,” Avery Bolus, a volleyball player from Fontana Local Congregation, enthused. — With reports from Neslie Cavero of INC News Section