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KidsGames kicks off Saturday at Alta High School with a volley of beach balls and the lighting of a torch by the Mountain View High boys cross country squad. The KidsGames is a program that allows Utah elementary school and preschool children to learn more about the sports that will be showcased during the 2002 Winter Games. Also included in the program Saturday was a demonstration by All Star Karate. One of All Star's members, 6-year-old Tyler Smith, shows some of his moves, below right. Following the opening ceremony and the torch parade, kids got tips from local high school coaches in basketball, football, soccer and track. But the highlight of the day was when the children tried simulated Winter Games events like sledge hockey and skiing. KidsGames will continue throughout July, with the closing ceremonies at Alta High scheduled for the 28th.