|Opening Ceremonies for First-Ever Kansas City Senior Games|
Athletes' families, as well as friends and the general public, are invited to bring a picnic and lawn chairs and enjoy music and a walk when opening ceremonies for the first-ever Kansas City Senior Games take place on Sept. 10 at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.
A free event, the opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Park's Shelter 8 located on the southwest side of the lake. In addition to the lighting of a torch, the event will include: opening comments from 50 Plus Special Events Coordinator Ryan Robertson, music provided by JoAnn and the Sophisticated Ladies, and a walk along a portion of the nearby Mill Creek Streamway Park. Participating athletes who wish to do so can also pick up their packets at this event.
More than 80 athletes ages 50 and older met the Aug. 27 deadline for participating in the inaugural games. Competitions will take place throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 at locations ranging from Olathe to Independence. Events that will take place during the initial Kansas City games are: golf, shuffleboard, tennis, a 5 kilometer race, bowling, and billiards.
The local senior games are being launched by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's 50 Plus Department and are Olympic-style competitions meant to promote health and wellness. Senior Games are already in place in cities throughout the area and are followed by regional competitions and National Senior Games, which take place every two years.
For more information about the Kansas City Senior Games, including a complete schedule, visit the District's web site at www.jcprd.com or call (913) 236-1248.