“What is there for a senior in Fayetteville?”
It’s a question I get asked often during my work day, and to which I would like to give an enthusiastic answer: Senior Games!
The Mid-Carolina Senior Games, sponsored locally by the Mid-Carolina Regional Council and a full set of partner agencies, provide participants 50 and over with a healthy and comprehensive outlet for their athletic and creative abilities. Mid-Carolina encompasses Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties. This is one of 52 Local Senior Games in North Carolina. Participants engage in friendly competition with other seniors their age and may qualify to compete in the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals, which are held in the fall.
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Athletes, listen carefully, as there are a total of 25 sports to participate in including, but not limited to athletics, corn hole, horseshoes, swimming and new to this year, the mini golf. Senior Games also offers the Silver Arts, which allows artists to participate in the following activities:
· Visual arts: Acrylic, drawing, oil, watercolor, charcoal drawing, mixed media, pastels and sculpture.
· Literary arts: Essays, poems and short stories.
· Heritage arts: basketry, crochet, jewelry, sewing, woodworking, knitting, pottery and stained glass.
· Performing arts: Cheerleading, line dancing, dancing, comedy, vocal music and instrumental music.
Additionally, Mid-Carolina Senior Games is still in need of volunteers and sponsorship agencies to help with the games. The 2022 annual game is scheduled to take place from April 20 to May 7, 2022. The opening ceremonies and numerous athletic events will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 9 a.m. at the Hercules Fitness Center in Fort Bragg.
For more information or to register for the Mid-Carolina Senior Games, please contact local Games Coordinator LaShonda Gough at 910-323-4191, ext. 40, or by email at [email protected] Registration for the 2022 local games will be open until April 1, with reduced registration fees available if participants register before March 11.
As a quote on the door of the Tokay Fitness Center reminds its users, “You don’t stop exercising because you get older, you get older because you stopped exercising. “
Seniors – do your part, keep your body, mind and spirit active and start training now for the Mid-Carolina Senior Games!
Brian Gaskell is a member of the Fayetteville Observer Community Advisory Board and a member of the Mid-Carolina Senior Games Steering Committee. He is the Recreation Center Assistant Supervisor for Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Seniors Programs and can be contacted at Tokay Senior Fitness Center, 910-433-1414, or by email, [email protected]
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