Volunteers needed for Senior Olympics

August 28, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

Pleasant Hill Manor will host the 12th Annual Senior Olympics at the Scioto Coounty Fairgrounds Thursday, Sept.13, 2012. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m., featuring retired Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Al “Scoops” Oliver, and many local dignitaries.

Twelve years ago, Linda Slone — at that time Assistant Administrator at Pleasant Hill Manor — decided that the Seniors in the Pike County area should have their own day; an Olympics to showcase all the fun things they enjoyed doing. Slone said that her vision for the Senior Olympics transcended a day of game-playing for the seniors, and that she desired to make it a special time of warmth and memorable fellowship.

“I wanted it to be a place to gather and see old friends, and make new ones, a place to make new memories and share old ones,” Slone said.

Linda began her work of contacting area nursing homes and care facilities, and area businesses. After a considerable amount of planning, and time spent organizing the entertainment, games, food, volunteers and prizes. The first Senior Olympics came into fruition Sept. 22, 2000.

Slone has partnered each year with Pleasant Hill Manor to bring the Senior Olympics to the area. Each year the Olympics has grown from just 29 long term care facilities participating in 2000 to 59 care facilities expected to participate this year. Linda said that nearly 900 Olympians are expected to attend and 1,000 volunteers will be on-hand to make sure all the Olympians have a memorable day.

Other entertainment planned includes gospel music with Abby Walls, Danny Radcliff singing classic oldies, and Brad Mastin with country and dance music. There will penny-pitching, horseshoes, bowling, checkers, dominoes, and basketball, along with bingo and cornhole. Other activities for the day are paintball, train rides, face-painting, balloon animals with Bobby the Clown, animals from Mochapet, kettle corn, ice Cream and a Cookout.

As the date of Sept. 13 for the Senior Olympics is fast approaching, Slone said that she is still in need of adult volunteers to help with the event, particularly adults who can volunteer to be judges for the games. Any adult who would like to help with the Senior Olympics, should contact Linda Slone for more information at 740-222-3337.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 234 or portiawilliams@heartlandpublications.com