The sports and athletic meet for Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members was held by four congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Southern Ontario, Canada in the middle of April.
The local congregation of Brampton, Ontario held the Unity Games for the first time on the 15th and 16th; Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville conducted it jointly on the 16th—with the end in view of promoting physical fitness, sportsmanship, and camaraderie among their members.
Brampton, Ontario athletes and spectators, led by their resident minister, Brother Ernesto Flor Jr., gathered at the multipurpose hall of the Malton Community Centre along Morning Star Drive, Mississauga. Events played on the first day were chess, table tennis, darts, arm wrestling, stacking, and speedcubing; while basketball, volleyball, badminton, and dodgeball the day after.
“Combining our love of brotherhood with unity while also maintaining our physical health through our Unity Games has been such an amazing experience,” said Kim Padayao, who was among the volleyball players.
“These team sports activities were filled with joy, laughter, and friendly competition. It’s an event worth remembering,” added Jay Martin, coach of the badminton players. “Hopefully this will happen every year!”
Meanwhile, the teams fielded by the Burlington, Hamilton, and Oakville congregations competed in basketball, volleyball, and badminton at the Haber Recreation Centre along Tim Dobbie Drive in the city of Burlington.
This particular sports meet served as an elimination round the winners of which will represent their respective local congregations on the upcoming district-wide Unity Games. — With reports from Necy Dabu and Denny Lintag of INC News Section