|Aug. 27 is registration deadline for Seventh-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 & 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 2010 are: baggo, bocce, and croquet. Other events include: basketball free throw, basketball 3-point shoot, basketball hot shot, billiards, individual and team bowling, football throw for accuracy, Frisbee throw for accuracy, golf, horseshoes, miniature golf, pickleball, soccer kick for distance, softball throw for distance, swimming, tennis, Texas Hold 'Em, and a wellness walk.
Competitions will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 12, 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. The public is invited to join athletes for Opening Ceremonies on beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. 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. 27, 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 Kari Baesel at (913) 236-1269.
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