Mayor Tom Henry and Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll kicked off the 36th anniversary of the Senior Games today with the ceremonial lighting of the torch at Courthouse Green. The Senior Games is open to adults 50 and older and over 300 are expected to participate this year. Events are held at locations around Fort Wayne and the cost to participate is only $2 per event.

“Seniors in our community play an integral role in the positive momentum that we’re experiencing in Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Henry. “I’m encouraged to see the commitment and dedication to health and wellness. The Senior Games is a great way for residents to engage in activities that promote the excellent quality of life opportunities in our City.”

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department Community Center hosted the first annual Senior Games competition in 1979 to promote the benefits of remaining active and physically fit, and to encourage all adults over 50 to adopt a healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. Styled after the Olympics, the games offer competition in more than 30 physically and mentally challenging events such as bocce, bowling, pickleball, cornhole, softball throw, billiards, putting, table tennis and more. Seniors can test their talent and skill, while enjoying good company and making new friends. This year, canoeing, kayaking and disc golf have been added to the list of activities. And a new venue, the McMillen Park Community Center, will host the basketball events.

“Every year during this event, what strikes me the most is how much fun the competitors are having,” said Director Moll. “There’s a quote on the outside of the Senior Games brochure that seems to be their motto: You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.”

Participants and individual event winners will be recognized at an awards banquet on Thursday, June 19, 6 pm at the Community Center on Main Street. Awards include door prizes and gift cards for event winners.

It’s not too late to join the fun! For more information regarding times and locations of events, please call the Community Center at 427-6460 or visit http://www.fortwayneparks.org 

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