Games Run through September 21 with Closing Ceremonies in 18 Communities across 4 Countries
Residents of Seattle and 19 other communities worldwide have been playing in the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest, a worldwide “co-opetition” running since September 11, 2013. Seattle will close out the games with festivities and ceremonies September 21 – the International Day of Peace
“We have been thrilled to see how Team Seattle and communities around the world have embraced the challenge of the Compassion Games,” said Jon Ramer, co-founder of Compassionate Seattle. “We have three more days to go until the closing ceremonies and the coopetition between communities is on! We invite everyone to get involved and join in on the closing ceremonies on the remarkable day of the Autumnal Equinox, when community service and actions throughout the world will be celebrated.”
In Seattle, the Games kicked off at Cleveland High School, with community activities, entertainment, a welcome by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and a circle of more than 100 participants sharing their individual commitments for compassionate action.
Since then, thousands of Secret Agents of Compassion around the globe have been accepting daily missions to do random acts of kindness, while individuals, businesses, and organizations have been creating their own compassionate actions. Over 900 reports have already been submitted to the CompassionMap, representing thousands of hours of action and impacting tens of thousands of people across the globe.
The City of Seattle joined in as a partner in the Compassion Harvest, a city-wide food drive sponsored by the Compassion Games that will provide thousands of food items for the homeless in the Seattle region.
Friday, September 20, is United Way Day of Caring, the largest annual volunteer event in Washington State. “We are excited to once again be partnering with Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest to help strengthen and support United Way’s Day of Caring,” said Louis Mendoza, Manager of Volunteer Initiatives for United Way. “This partnership broadens and deepens the impact of compassionate action across King County.”
Prior to the closing ceremonies on Saturday, September 21, Compassion Games co-sponsor 350.org will host Draw the Line at Myrtle Edwards Park, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Speakers include 350.org founder Bill McKibben and tribal leaders Phil Lane Jr. and Rueben George (see below).
“We are so honored to have Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Chief Rueben George joining us,” said Ramer. “Their presence inspires us to come together in unprecedented unified action to find the compassion and creativity needed to solve the challenges we face in our region and the world.”
Sponsors of this year’s Compassion Games are: LUSH, United Way of King County, Compassionate Seattle, Charter for Compassion, Make it Matter, Talking Rain, PEMCO, New Stories, 350.org, City of Seattle, King County, Kind Living, Ideal network, Service Learning Seattle - Seattle Public Schools, WisdomAtWork, Four Worlds International Institute, The Foundation Group, and Quality Press. Media partners are: King5TV, What's Good 206, Pyramid Communications, Fish/Astronaut, Fat Cat VDO, 11 Days of Global Unity, Backbone Campaign, and A Big Project.
For more information about the Compassion Games and upcoming events, visit compassiongames.org.