City of Chicago and Chicago 2016 Form 'World Sport Chicago'

Online Community to Develop Aspiring Olympic Athletes

Aug 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Geneca

    CHICAGO and OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., August 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Geneca and
 Tanagram Partners announced today their involvement in World Sport Chicago
 (WSC), the alliance recently formed by The City of Chicago and Chicago 2016
 to promote the development of amateur sports and international competition
 in the Chicagoland area. To demonstrate their enthusiasm for Chicago's 2016
 Olympic bid, both firms offered their services pro bono to help WSC develop
 their branding, community, and website strategy.
     "The formation of World Sport Chicago displays the city's long-term
 commitment to international and domestic amateur sports, both before and
 after the 2016 Olympic Games," said Michael Conley, former Olympic champion
 and Executive Director of the organization. "As an Olympian, I will ensure
 this organization strives to abide by the Olympic Movement while promoting
 sport at all levels throughout the Chicagoland area."
     This launch of WSC represents the start of an online community
 dedicated to enhancing awareness and participation in Olympic and amateur
 sports with the goal of giving athletes the opportunity to see and
 experience sport across all levels. A major component of WSC's programs is
 hosting clinics that give youth the opportunity to train with world class
 athletes and catch the Olympic spirit.
     "The level of enthusiasm for hosting the 2016 games in Chicago is quite
 simply amazing and we're honored to be among the local businesses asked to
 contribute time and talent to help Chicago win," states Geneca Client
 Partner, Duane Meaux. "We feel that our time in this project is an
 investment in Chicago's future in many ways. This effort will motivate our
 youth, bring economic benefits before and after the games, and be an
 incredible source of pride for everyone who lives here."
     "The passion of the Chicago 2016 leadership was so intoxicating it was
 nearly impossible for us to refuse involvement," said Tanagram Partner's
 Creative Director, Lance Rutter. "Their steadfast commitment to bring the
 Olympic games to our world-class city inspires us daily. Through our work
 with WSC, we want Chicago and the world to know that we believe in the
 talent of our youth -- as well as the power of an online community to
 motivate and inspire."
     World Sport Chicago was built using scalable Open Source Technology and
 W3C programming standards. Accessible, fast, and inexpensive to maintain,
 it is the perfect home for Olympic and Paralympics micro-communities. World
 Sport Chicago is live now at
     About Tanagram
     Tanagram Partners creates engaging experiences for the people its
 clients care about. Tanagram partners with its clients to follow a
 strategic path toward true innovation in design. This allows Tanagram to
 engage audiences with meaningful interactions from simple messages to
 complex systems. Tanagram Partners has been a Chicago business since 1992.
 Over the past 15 years, Tanagram has helped amazing clients large and
 small, across a wide variety of industries worldwide. Visit
     About Geneca
     Founded in 1998,Geneca is a privately held custom software development
 company dedicated to making the software development process predictable
 and risk free. Geneca's success in using innovation to make its clients
 more competitive in their markets has earned it an outstanding group of
 clients, including FTD, Baxter Credit Union, Blue Cross Blue Shield,
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