The 2019 United States Ismaili Games (USIG), which continue over Thanksgiving Weekend, will bring more than 1,200 athletes and hundreds of spectators and volunteers to Austin, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

In recognition of the accomplishments of the athletes and the hundreds of volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to organize the Games, the Williamson County Commissioners Court proclaimed November 26 as “United States Ismaili Games Together We Win Day.”

In her remarks, Jasmeen Peermohammed, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, spoke about how the Games have continued to showcase excellence in athletics, teamwork, and sportsmanship, promote friendly competition, and bring together athletes, spectators, and volunteers in the spirit of community.

Commissioner Terry Cook, who introduced the Proclamation, stated that “I was happy to sponsor and pass a Proclamation of the Commissioners Court ... We hope that every participant, and their family members and friends, have a great time over this weekend. Thank you for choosing Williamson County and Central Texas to showcase your community’s talent, skills, and camaraderie. Good luck to all of the athletes!”

Scores of volunteers from the various project management teams have been behind-the-scenes for many months preparing for the sports, activities, and events, including teams dedicated to communications, audio-visual, hospitality, registration, transportation, food service, and much more. Ismail Momin, a member of the Sites and Logistics team, shared with us his inspiration to volunteer: “Volunteerism continues to bring together individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and skill-sets. This shared dedication to serve is what unites our community at large. Serving is a blessing in my life and I am so proud to be amongst such dedicated volunteers on the USIG team.”

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