|Aug. 28 is registration deadline for Fifth-Annual 50 Plus Games of Greater Kansas City|
The games are presented under the umbrella of the National Senior Games Association, a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. The local games are presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 50 Plus Department.
Local events provide amateur athletes 50 years of age and older an opportunity to compete against each other in sports and games for individuals, doubles, and teams. These Olympic-style competitions are meant to promote health and wellness, as well as provide social opportunities. New events for 2008 are: pickleball, table tennis, and frisbee throw for accuracy. These additions join returning events including: chess, bridge, three-point shoot-out and free throw basketball, single and team bowling, billiards; golf, horseshoes, miniature golf, tennis singles and doubles, race walking, softball throw for distance and football throw for accuracy, swimming, tennis, and the 5 kilometer run.
The public is invited to join athletes for Opening Ceremonies on beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 night at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. In addition to watching the lighting of the torch, ceremony participants can enjoy some live music.
Competitions will take place Thursday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 14, at locations across the metro area. A registration fee of $20 per person includes registration for three events, a 50 Plus Games T-shirt, and dinner at the opening ceremony. Some additional fees will apply to events including golf, miniature golf, tennis, and bowling. Additional dinners for non-athletes are available for $7 per person and must be reserved in advance. For more information about the 50 Plus Games of Greater Kansas City, including a schedule, entry form, complete event rules and a list of locations, visit the District's web site at www.jcprd.com/parks_facilities/50plusgames.cfm. A $5 late registration fee will apply to registrations received after Aug. 28, if space is available.
An event of this magnitude requires a lot of help, and volunteers are also needed. To learn more or to volunteer at one or more 50 Plus Games of Greater Kansas City events, call Julie Sano at (913) 236-1269.