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(Washington, DC) - Mayor Bowser and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announce the 36th Annual DC Senior Games (DCSG) in partnership with Aetna will take place Saturday, May 4, through Monday, May 20, 2019, at various DPR facilities and other locations. Last year, 300 senior athletes competed and this year looks to attract the largest field of seasoned seniors in the game’s history.
“We are proud and honored to host the senior athletes for this annual event in addition to providing facilities and programming to help our seniors stay fit all year round,” said DPR Director Delano Hunter. “The level of competition and the fun that these seniors have is a sight to behold.”
DC Senior Games is a yearly competition, hosted by DPR and sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) features activities including basketball, bowling, horseshoe toss, pickleball, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field. The event offered to DC residents age 50 and older, includes a grand opening and closing ceremony, medals and the possibility to compete against over 10,000 athletes at the National Senior Games.
Sixty DC senior athletes will participate in NSGA's National Senior Games, which takes place every two years. The 2019 National Senior Games begin June 14, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The DC Senior Games opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Recreation Center, located at 4321 Ord Street, NE. The closing ceremony will take place at Howard Theater on Monday, May 20 at 10 a.m.
DC Senior Games participants can register online until Friday, May 3, 2019, at 12 pm.
Note: Aetna is sponsoring the first 300 senior athletes to register by waiving the entry fee. After 300 athletes, the cost will be $20 per person to register. Bowling competitors will be responsible for additional fees.
For additional information about the DC Senior Games, including how to volunteer, please call (202) 664-7153 or email [email protected]. Follow #DCSeniorGames on social media.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a nonprofit Multi-Sports Council member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. NSGA governs the biennial National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport championship event in the world for seniors. NSGA is comprised of 54 Member Games across the country and in Canada who conduct competitions which serve as qualifying events for the National Senior Games. The 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 14-25, 2019. For more information, please visit www.NSGA.com.