DeputyMayor Karl Bandemer and Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll kicked off the 38th Annual 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 400 participants are expected to play this year in locations all over Fort Wayne.
The cost to participate in each event is $1 for those who signed up by May 20, and $2 for each event after the early registration date. Registrations will still be accepted two business days prior to the event. Most events require little or no experience, and although some of the events are more strenuous, like pickleball or canoeing, there are many choices people of all physical abilities can participate in, such as card games, fishing, darts and billiards. More than 50 volunteers are needed to run and coordinate the Senior Games each year.
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 25 physically and mentally challenging events such as bocce, bowling, disc golf, cornhole, softball throw, table tennis and more. Seniors can test their talent and skill, while enjoying good company and making new friends. A free Health and Wellness Fair will also be available until noon at the Community Center June 6.
“The annual Senior Games event is one of the many ways the Parks & Recreation Department is demonstrating our commitment to provide opportunities for people of all ages to play in our community,” said Director Moll. “Fort Wayne has been designated a Playful City USA each year since 2010.”
Participants and individual event winners will be recognized at an awards banquet at the Community Center on Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm. Awards include door prizes and gift cards for event winners.