Opening ceremonies were in full swing Sunday evening as dozens of people came together to kick off the 2014 Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
First responders, firefighters, and law enforcement officials from all over the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe will be competing against each other in more than 40 different Olympic-style games and events.
Richard Reincke with the York County Sheriff’s Office says some of those games include, “Track and field, swimming, cross country, cycling events, archery, darts, billiards, bowling and Texas Hold-Em.”
For competitors like Isamel Munoz, they’re looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s good to have the competition,” he said. “At my age, I’m 62 years old, so I think I’m going to compete with a lot of younger people so I’m hoping that I do well.”
While all eyes will be on the competitors come Monday morning, at Sunday’s ceremony the main focus was on a very special group of children.
Dozens of boys and girls led a parade around the York Expo Center. They were all part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is where all the proceeds from the Can-Am Games will be donated.
“Make-A-Wish is like a family,” said Rena Knarr. “They accepted us. They work with us on everything.”
Not only is Knarr’s son Trevor part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but her husband is also a York City Police Officer.
“We would like people to come out and support, not just for Make-A-Wish, but for all the firefighters and police officers,” she said.
The opening ceremonies came to an end Sunday with the lighting of the torch.
The Can-Am Games will end Sunday July 20.