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Senior Olympics scheduled throughout May

THE GAMES: Pat Day speaks about the upcoming Senior Olympics at Thursday's Rotary meeting at Arborwood.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Pat Day, a funeral director at Genda Funeral Homes, gave a presentation on the upcoming Senior Olympics at Frankfort Rotary Club's weekly meeting Thursday at Arborwood.

Sponsored by Genda Funeral Homes, the Senior Olympics is set to have its opening ceremonies starting at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, and it will continue throughout the month until its closing ceremonies starting at 5 p.m. May 31 at Wesley Manor's Harmony Hall.

“We would be excited to have anybody 55 or older come out and join us, sign up and check out the wide variety of events we have to offer, from table games and card games all the way to physical activity,” Day said. “There are a lot of great personalities that come out and a lot of wonderful people. You can meet some great friends, learn some new games and try some things you have never done before. And you can show your prowess at games you have played before and how good you can be. Anybody who is interested in coming out, we would love to have.”

Created in 2001, the Senior Olympics has grown from being a competition between just 15 participants in its first year to having one of its largest turnouts last year with 76 participants.

The list of events and locations have grown as well. Dart ball, swimming, pickle ball, tennis, racquetball and badminton have been added to a long list of returning events that includes basketball, bean bag toss, bid euchre, three distances of bike races, bingo, bocce ball, bowling, bridge, corn toss, croquet, dominoes, euchre, golf (both 9 and 18 holes), horseshoes, jigsaw puzzles, ping ping, eight-ball pool, rummikub, sequence, shuffleboard, skipbo, team trivia, tennis, Texas hold 'em poker, two distances of walking races and a walking relay.

“Not all of it is about physical activity,” Day said. “Some of it is just a chance to work your mind, work your body and things like that at whatever ability you are able to. We are constantly evaluating what is popular and what is not popular.”

Depending on the event, participants could compete at Wesley Manor, Paul Phillippe Resource Center, the Clinton County Family YMCA, TPA Park, Dorner Park, Angel Hill Golf Course or Frankfort High School. Buses will be available to transport participants to events if needed.

The closing ceremonies will include a buffet-style dinner for registered participants and their spouses, which will be covered by their $10 registration fee, and there will be a medal presentation.

“It is a lot of fun and really laid back with a lot of excitement,” Day said. “There is friendly banter and things like that. Come get the medals that you hopefully won and get those bragging rights.

“We are excited to see where this goes. Hopefully, we can make this event something that really gets people to expand their circle of friends. We have grown it over the years, and we would like to continue to grow it.”

Registration deadline is April 24. Registration forms can be picked up at Paul Phillippe Resource Center, Wesley Manor or at Genda Funeral Home at 608 N. Main St. in Frankfort.