Delco Senior Games begin Monday

Delaware County senior athletes will have the chance to showcase their athletic skills in the Delaware County Senior Games, set for June 12-23 at venues throughout the county.

More than 650 athletes will compete for medals in a variety of Olympic-style sports such as golf, bowling, table tennis, horseshoes, pickleball and track & field. This year’s theme is “Age in Motion” and residents 50 and older of every skill level are encouraged to participate.

“We are thrilled to once again offer our residents the opportunity to participate in the Senior Games,” said Delaware County Councilman Dave White, the county’s liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation. “The games encourage residents to stay socially and physically active throughout the year and help our residents stay healthy and also build friendships.”

Physical activity, even moderate, can help seniors by improving their quality of life, increasing mental capacity, preventing disease, improving healing, increasing balance, and increasing life expectancy.

The 2017 Senior Games will kick off with Bocce at 9:30 a.m., June 12, at Rose Tree Park. Registration for the games is $15 and is open to all Delaware County residents 50 and older. Registration is required for all events.

This year the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County is partnering with the Delaware County Senior Games by not only hosting the return of the Swimming events this year to be held at Ridley High School; but also offered athletes a free one-month membership at one of two local YMCA’s to help prepare for the games.

The Delaware County Senior Games are sponsored by Delaware County Council, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Destination Delco, and the County of Delaware Services for the Aging. Co-chairs for the 2017 Senior Games are Marc Manfre, Director of Parks and Recreation, Tore Fiore, Director of Destination Delco, and Denise V. Stewart, Director of COSA.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in every age category and all participating seniors and volunteers receive a free Senior Games T-Shirt.

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