The Day of Physical Culture and Sports in Ukraine is annually celebrated on the second Saturday of September, according to the Decree of the President No. 340/94 dated 29 June 1994. A grand sporting holiday is traditionally organized in Sumy National Agrarian University these days.
The day of September 14, 2017 began at the main stadium of the SNAU with a parade of faculties, headed by the teachers of the Physical Education Department in charge of sport and mass work at the faculties.
The students were greeted from the main stand by the guests of the holiday - the head of the regional department of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Olena Petrova, the head of the Sumy regional branch of the Committee on Physical Education and Sports Vladyslav Maslov, the head of the Department for Family, Youth and Sport of Sumy City Council Vira Motrechko, the vice-rectors Valerii Zhmailov and Oleksandr Maslak, the head of the SNAU trade union committee Anatolii Saienko, the head of the Department of Physical Education Serhii Khomenko, the student rector Dar’ia Kryvulia and the chairman of the trade union of students and PhD students Serhii Voitenko.
One of the most ceremonial moments of the holiday is the raising of the State Flag of Ukraine, and this right is annually granted to the students with special sporting success and achievements. This year, the honourable right to raise the flag was granted to the student of the Faculty of Law, a bronze medal winner of the World Championship on Pancratium Maksym Berezin and the student of the Civil Construction Faculty, master of sports of Ukraine on fitness aerobics Karyna Ulko.
“Much attention has been paid to the development of sport in our university throughout 40 years of its functioning”, the vice-rector for scientific, pedagogical and educational work Valerii Zhmailov, greeting the audience on the event said, “being one of the first students, I can recall the times when sport classes were held on the base of school No 1, since SNAU did not have sports infrastructure of its own. Today's students in this sense are luckier, because they have stadiums, gyms and sports grounds at their disposal, and 15 sports sections. During the academic year different students sports events, as well as athletic games “Health” among teachers and staff are held. And all this, of course, contributes to the sporting success of SNAU students”.
Awarding and presentation of winning cups and memorable gifts are definitely the most pleasant moments of any holiday. Thus, according to the results of the SNAU athletic games among the teams of faculties in 2016-2017, the third place was taken by a team of athletes of the Faculty of Economics and Management, the second place was won by a team of the Faculty of Agricultural Technologies and Land Use. The last year absolute winner is a sport team of the Engineering-Technological Faculty.
For sports achievements awards were given to teachers and staff, the most active participants of the athletic games “Health”. The students who defended the honour of SNAU at sports competitions of the national and world level were also marked.