'Olympism' is set to spread through Hong Kong schools when former top athletes and sports industry experts share their experiences with students in a series of seminars. More than 13,000 students at 31 schools will hear about a philosophy of life officially known as 'Olympism'. 'It's an ism and that means it's a belief or an ideology,' said Dr Leung Mee-lee, an associate professor from the Physical Education Department at Baptist University, a co-organiser of the programme. 'Olympism has no concrete meaning. It's abstract, and it's more about the ongoing tradition of the Olympic Games. It's about themes of fair play, spirit, internationalisation, and passion towards sport.' In the seminars, which have attracted an overwhelming response from nearly 80 secondary schools, former Hong Kong Olympians, such as rowers Fenella Ng Ka-lok and Michael Tse Ga-duk, will discuss Olympic history and development, the 2004 Athens Games, and the 2008 Beijing Games. 'The purpose of the programme is to encourage enthusiasm towards this summer's Games and to nurture a stronger sports culture among youth in Hong Kong,' said Dr Leung. 'Most of the experts and athletes have been members of past Hong Kong delegations to the Olympic Games. Some have also been on an annual course at the International Olympic Academy in Greece, where they learnt about the educational, social and scientific principles of Olympism. 'The talks should encourage young minds to explore new concepts, and recognise the value of sport.' The main organiser of the programme is the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SFOC). The SFOC will also organise two Olympic Youth Sports Camps during the summer holidays as part of its Olympism education campaign. Form One and Two students will attend the first session from July 26-30, while the second, from August 2-6, will be for third and fourth formers. 'We will promote Olympism at the camps through team activities,' said Dr Leung. 'The five colours of the Olympic rings will play a big part in the activities.' Coaches will focus on Hong Kong's four most popular participatory sports - swimming, badminton, table-tennis and wushu. The camps, which cost $600 per person, are good value, said Dr Leung. 'The maximum number of children we will accept for the two, five-day camps is only 100. This is to make sure individuals get more attention. They will also get T-shirts, lunch every day, and qualified coaching.' For more details, visit www.hkolympic.org .