Area seniors ages 49 and older are invited to showcase their athletic abilities and share in some friendly competition at the Southeast District Senior Olympics, scheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 4 in McMinn and Bradley counties.
It is necessary to participate in a fall 2014 district games in one of the 10 Tennessee districts before advancing to the 2015 state finals slated for June 2015.
Individuals will compete within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 48 or 49 years old are eligible to participate in the district games as long as they will turn 50 before the end of 2015.
All age groups will be determined by athletes' ages as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Events include badminton, basketball skill events, basketball 3-on-3, bowling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, 5K run, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
“The games are designed to promote camaraderie and teamwork among fellow senior athletes, all while emphasizing the fact that exercise is important at any age,” said Christine Dewbre, executive director of the Tennessee Senior Olympics.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, presenting sponsor and a longtime supporter of the Tennessee Senior Olympics, helped establish the games in 1981. Now entering their 34th year, the Tennessee Senior Olympics founders and sponsors are still steadfastly dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles among seniors.
According to Dr. Daniel Barnett, interim chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the games help immensely to motivate and encourage the adaptation of an active lifestyle.
“An active lifestyle for seniors means a better quality of life,” said Barnett. “Staying fit and participating with other area seniors in these games is a step in the right direction.”
Joining BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as sponsor of the Southeast District games are SkyRidge Medical Center, Southeast TN Area Agency on Aging & Disability and Walgreens.
The early bird deadline to enter is Aug. 29, and the final deadline is Sept. 5.
For information or an entry form, please call 423-744-2705, e-mail at jsliger@cityofathenstn. com or visit the www.tnseniorolympics.com.