Sports aren’t just for the young.
That’s the philosophy behind hundreds of annual senior games put on in cities across the country, pitting athletes age 50 and older in events as varied as track-and-field to bow,ling.
March 17th – March 25th the city of Visalia will host a regional California Senior Games.
“Planning is underway now, and the city of Visalia, spearheaded by the [city’s] Parks and Recreation Department, is excited to bring this event to the Central Valley for the very first time,” states a press released issued by the department.
“This was on the [City] Council’s goals for the year, to facilitate a Senior Games,” after years of discussion, added Jeannie Greenwood, the department’s recreation division manager.
The first Senior Games was held in in 1975 in St. Louis, as a sort of Olympics for graying athletes. In the years since, Senior Games have been organized in all states — except North Dakota — and Washington, D.C., with several states holding multiple Senior Games.
•Information: Email Jeannie Greenwood at email@example.com or call her at 713-4042.