|Aug. 26 is Registration Deadline for Third-Annual 50 Plus Games of Greater Kansas City|
August 26 is the registration deadline for athletes interested in participating in the Third Annual 50 Plus Games of Greater Kansas City. Both seasoned athletes who have been competing for years and rookies ready to get off the coach are welcome, as are volunteers looking for a great place to invest some of their time. This year's games will take place from Thursday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 17 at locations throughout the Kansas City area.
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 and sponsored by Town Village Leawood.
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 meant to promote health and wellness, as well as provide social opportunities. New events for 2006 are: Texas Hold'Em and Washers. These additions join returning events including: single and team bowling; billiards; golf; horseshoes; shuffleboard; tennis singles and doubles; race walking, softball, swimming, 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. 14 night at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. In addition to watching the lighting of the torch, ceremony participants can bring their lawn chairs or blankets and listen to the music of the Moonlight Seranaders.
Competitions will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 17, at locations across the metro area. The entry fee for athletes varies depending on the event and includes a T-shirt and dinner at the Opening Ceremony. Additional dinners for non-athletes are available for $5 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. or call Nancy Befort at (913) 236-1241. A $5 late registration fee will apply to registrations received after Aug. 26, 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) 236-1248.