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DPR Hosts 28th Annual Senior Games

Friday, April 29, 2011
Various events will be held across the District beginning May 2, 2011.

DPR will host the 28th Annual Senior Games from Monday, May 2, 2011 – Friday, May 6, 2011. The games will be held at various locations throughout the District of Columbia.

DPR Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275
DPR Senior Services Division: (202) 664-7153

Washington, DC - The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host the 28th Annual Senior Games from Monday, May 2, 2011 – Friday, May 6, 2011. The games will be held at various locations throughout the District of Columbia.

The yearly competition, held by DPR in partnership with the District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA), brings together seniors from across the District to participate in athletic activities that promote healthy living for a longer, more robust life. Over 120 athletes competed in the 2010 DC Golden Olympics. Each year, the Senior Games features activities including swimming, basketball, golf, bowling, tennis, track and field, horse shoe toss, archery, softball and more.

Jesús Aguirre, Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation states, “DPR is proud to once again host the DC Senior Games. DPR provides our senior adults access to various events, programs, and services for healthy living and a higher quality of life. This is extremely important as seniors are healthier and living longer.”

The National Senior Games will also be held this year. They are scheduled for June 16-30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Athletes who participated in the 2010 DC Senior Games qualified to compete in the National Senior Games, which are held every odd numbered year. In 2009, 59 seniors represented the District of Columbia at the National Senior Games in San Francisco, California.

The DC Senior Games opening ceremony will take place on Monday, May 2, 2011, 10:00am, at the Deanwood Community Center, 1350 49th Street, NE. The closing ceremony will also be held at Deanwood Community Center on Friday, May 6, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

There is a $15 registration fee per athlete. The registration fee includes entrance fees and a t-shirt. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Registration for the DC Senior games can be completed online or the entry application found below can be submitted in person at one of DPR’s 21 senior centers.

Seniors can visit one of the 21 DPR senior centers to find out how to register for training programs. For additional information about the DC Senior Games including how to volunteer, please call (202) 664-7153.