The World in 2017 Gala Dinners
The 2017 World Games, officially called the X World Games and commonly known as Wrocław 2017, was a major international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that were not contested in the Olympic Games, held from 20 to 30 July 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. The World Games were organized by the Wrocław Organizing Committee. Wrocław was selected as the host city in January 2012 in Lausanne, over Budapest, Hungary. It was the first World Games in Poland.
My parents’ lifelong mission was to be warriors of love for children. My father, Clyde Allison, was a Presbyterian pastor, and my mother, Mary Emma Allison, was a teacher. Throughout their work was threaded the notion that empathy could be built into children’s daily lives.
It was my parent’s idea in 1947 to ask children to trick-or-treat for charity. That Halloween, my mom looked at the swarms of children collecting candy for themselves and made a plea to my dad: “How do we make this into something good?” My dad’s reply was, “We can.” Starting in 1948, my parents worked with the Church World Service to get kids involved in helping children in war-torn Europe. Rather than coins, the kids collected worn-out shoes that could be repaired and sent to children living in refugee camps.
Wrocław was the sixth city in Europe after London (1985), Karlsruhe (1989), The Hague (1993), Lahti (1997) and Duisburg (2005) to host The World Games.
A total of 201 events in 27 official sport disciplines were held during the Games. This is the first time that Floorball and Muaythai have been included in the World Games as official sports. Also, a total of 21 events in 4 invitational sports, include American football, Indoor rowing, Kickboxing, and Motorcycle speedway were held during the Games.