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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Senior Games Newspaper Article

Local Senior Games Are a Success

Davie County Senior Games is sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, is coordinated by Davie County Senior Services, and is part of a statewide network of 52 local games for all 100 counties. The local games are held annually to promote health and wellness. There are three components of the local games – sporting events, SilverArts and cheerleading.

Sports include individual, tournament, and team competitions. Events include archery, swimming, track and field, basketball, bowling, bocce, shuffleboard and much more. SilverArts is an opportunity for creative expression of older adults. SilverArts provides a stage for the creative talents of the visual, heritage, literary, and performing artists. Arts include but not limited to; quilting, woodworking, poetry, essays, photography, drawing, dance, and vocal. The cheerleaders compete in a cheer and dance and can be any size group.

Davie County Senior Games had 23 days of events. There were a total of 112 participants, ages 50-95. 95 people participated in sporting events and 38 participated in SilverArts. 34 volunteers helped to make many events run smoother. Davie County also has 9 Senior Games ambassadors. Ambassadors are an elite group of individuals who have committed themselves to encouraging others in their community and across our state to stay healthy and live better and longer through participation in Senior Games programs.

This year competitors earned 229 gold medals, 96 silver medals, and 57 bronze medals for a total of 382 medals. Events were held all across the county, thanks to great partners who offered their venues. Events locations were Cooleemee Parks and Recreation, Farmington Community Center, Davie County Schools, Bermuda Village, Davie YMCA, Camp Manna, Davie County Recreation and Parks, Court Square Billiards, Center United Methodist ballfield, Pudding Ridge Golf Course, and Davie County Public Library.

Local winners are eligible to go on to compete at the State games. Qualifiers are those who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in our senior games sporting events, as well as the visual and heritage arts events. Literary artists who placed 1st and 2nd are qualified and the 1st place performing arts act and cheerleading act is also qualified. State level senior games begin in September and go through November.

Congratulations to all who participated this year!

For more information about how to be a participant, sponsor or volunteer at your local Senior Games contact your Local Coordinator, Brandi Patti at Davie County Senior Services. You can also learn more about all of the programs and services offered by Senior Services by calling them at 336-753-6230, or visiting their location at the Bobby H. Knight Senior Services building, 278 Meroney Street in Mocksville.

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