More than 600 seniors from across York County are expected to converge in late June for the 12th annual York County Senior Games.The York County Senior Games began in 2002 as a one-day program featuring approximately 20 events. It now extends for six days and offers participants the chance to test their skills in 47 events.
The goal is to promote healthy lifestyles and fitness for York County men and women aged 50 and older. Registration is now open for this year’s games, which will take place June 17 to 22. Events will include the third year of the triathlon, as well as perennial favorites such as bowling, bocce, mini golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, throws, basketball hot shots, poker and Wii bowling. A new event this year is Wii Archery.
There is a $10 registration fee for an unlimited number of events if registration is completed by May 31. The fee is $15 for all registrations postmarked after May 31. Registrations should be received as early as possible because of limited openings in some events. The registration fee is non-refundable. There are additional fees, payable at the event site, for some events.
Registration booklets are available at many locations throughout the county or can be obtained by contacting the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9001 or 1 (800) 632-9073. Registration forms are also available at www.ycaaa.org on the ‘Forms and Documents’ page.
Volunteers are also sought to help support the games. To learn more about volunteer opportunities call (717) 771-9001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Opening Ceremony and Closing Celebration for the games will be free and open to the public. The Opening Ceremony will be 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Central York High School Soccer Stadium, 601 Mundis Mill Road in Springettsbury Township. All participants and their families are encouraged to attend the ceremony, which will feature the parade of athletes and banners, lighting of the torch and door prizes.
New this year is the Information and Wellness Fair, which will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the Central York High School Cafeteria. Community businesses, organizations, and health care providers will be offering information, health screenings, door prizes and more. Stop by and get information for yourself or a loved one who may need assistance. This free event is open to the general public.
The Closing Celebration will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the Central York High School Cafeteria. This event will celebrate the week of activities, recognize medal winners (including the triathlon and banner contest winners) and be a special time of sharing. Participants and their families are invited to enjoy some ice cream and music. Picture memories will be shared during this special celebration.
The Senior Games are organized by the York County Area Agency on Aging in conjunction with the Senior Games Planning Committee, which is made up of community and business volunteers. Expenses for the Games are entirely underwritten by corporate sponsors, private donations and participant entry fees.
Any York County resident 50 years of age or older as of December 31, 2012, may participate. Age groups are 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90+. Age divisions might be consolidated based on insufficient entries. Medals will be awarded within each age group. Some events are open to men and women separately.
The returning Platinum sponsor for the Senior Games is ManorCare Health Services. The Gold Senior Games sponsors are Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, SeniorLIFE York, WILMAC Corporation and the York ADRC Link. Bronze sponsors are the Glatfelter Insurance Group, Heritage Senior Center, Memorial Hospital, The Nutrition Group, Visiting Angels and WellSpan Health. Media sponsors are WGAL 8, NewsRadio 910 WSBA and On-Line Publishers, Inc.