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The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency will be sponsoring their 23rd annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th. This event is in honor of James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and “Athlete of the 20th Century”.
The festivities start off on Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 am with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle Guests and Native Americans. At 11am, Our Olympian Cross Country and Track Teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down 903 to the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of our Olympic Torch.
The Varsity Cheerleaders will stretch a ribbon across Broadway in front of the County of Carbon Court House prior to the arrival of the runners. Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 19, 2018 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read. Town dignitaries will also be invited to honor this occasion with their presence.
A Large Birthday Cake will be presented, cut and pieces sold as part of the festivities for the weekend.