Businesses display signs to show support of games

Businesses are showing their support of the 2016 Penticton BC Winter Games by displaying signs in their windows.

Businesses are showing their support of the 2016 Penticton BC Winter Games by displaying signs in their windows.

Every business that signs on as a Friend of the Games receives a storefront window cling to show the world they are backing the community and that they have got Game, just as the event slogan — Penticton’s Got Game — suggests.

“There are many businesses that have signed on as Friends of the Games supporters, and many more are needed to ensure that the 2016 BC Winter Games are a success,” said Host Society President Bill Bidlake.

“There are many opportunities for the business community to support the Games, the largest amateur multi-sport event in B.C. that will increase the profile of Penticton and South Okanagan region.”

The 2016 BC Winter Games will take place Feb. 25 to 28, 2016. More than 2,000 young athletes, coaches, officials and families will come to the South Okanagan, resulting in significant economic impact for local businesses.

The games are expected to have an economic impact of $1.8 million for the region.

Friends of the Games receive benefits including attending many of the events held over the four days.

Depending on the commitment level, Friends of the Games can participate in creating those memories for athletes, like presenting athletes with their medals.