It’s Time For Missouri’s Senior Games
BY ANITA NEAL HARRISON
Get ready, get set, go have some fun at the annual Missouri State Senior Games, coming up June 11–14 in Columbia. This Olympic-style sports festival gives individuals 50 and older the chance to compete for medals in a wide variety of sports and skill contests, from throwing horseshoes to racing in a triathlon.
“We’ve got more than 20 sports for all ability levels,” says Emily Lorenz, a spokesperson for the Show-Me State Games, which oversees the Senior Games. “Some of the events are very competitive, but then other events are more accessible and don’t require as much training.”
The purpose of all Show-Me State Games is to inspire Missourians to develop their physical and competitive abilities. The Senior Games also aims to create an awareness of the abilities and capabilities of older citizens.
“The atmosphere is really fun,” Lorenz says. “People come from across the state, and we accept people from across the region as well. People get together for a sense of community, as well as a competitive spirit.”
Volunteers are needed for all events. Examples of specific opportunities include serving as a course marshal for cycling or as a timer in track, working at aid stations for the road race and distributing T-shirts at registration.
“The Senior Games is a fun event to volunteer at,” Lorenz says. “The participants are very enthusiastic, and they train really hard, so volunteering and helping those individuals succeed is very rewarding.”
Registration for competing in the Senior Games has closed, but it is still open for some of the events in the Show-Me State Games, which offers sports for all ages and ability levels and also takes place in Columbia. Some Show-Me State Games events will take place June 12–14 but will be separate from the Senior Games.
The rest of the Show-Me State Games will take place July 17–19 and July 24–26. Competing is a great way to support the Games’ mission, and the Show-Me State Games will also need lots of volunteers to be a success.
Volunteers can register for the Senior Games online at www.smsg.org/senior_games/, or they can call Cindy Garcia at 573-884-2946. To learn more about competing or volunteering in the Show-Me State Games, visit www.smsg.org.