PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — More than 1,800 people came out to participate in the 12th Annual Senior Olympics event at the Scioto County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The theme of the event was “A Day To Remember,” and it was hosted by Pleasant Hill Manor of Piketon.
Al Oliver, former Pittsburgh Pirate of Major League Baseball, gave the opening reflections. The spirit march began with Alan Pine on Bag Pipes, followed by Holly Miller who sang the opening song.
Piketon Mayor Billy Spencer gave the roll call, followed by the lighting of the torch by George Fields of Piketon Nursing Center.
The Olympic activities began at 10 a.m. with competitive bowling, horseshoes, penny-pitching, basketball, checkers, and dominoes.
The Senior Olympics event was filled with daylong activities of fun in the friendly spirit of Olympic competition for long term care residents and others.
This year 52 care facilities including nursing homes, assisted living and Board DD came out to partake in the day’s festivities.
Tiny Blevins, a resident of Pleasant Hill since 1993, has attended every Senior Olympics since it began in 2000. Blevins said her favorite Senior Olympics memory is from 2000, when she was given the opportunity to light the torch at the opening ceremony.
Laughter and smiles were shared by the residents, workers, and volunteers who interacted with one another.
“It is just awesome. I haven’t seen any thing like it. Everyone enjoys this immensely, ” Barbara Michaels, Community Liason of Pleasant Hill Manor said. “Last year was my first time participating in the Senior Olympics and I just love it.”
Linda Slone, Coordinator of Senior Olympics, said she had anticipated a large turnout, as in times past, because the Senior Olympics is very important to the residents that participate.
Other activities for the participants to enjoy included bingo, cornhole, train rides, paintball, face painting, and Bobby the Clown was also featured.
Olympic attendees were provided which lunch which began at 10:30 a.m. and ran throughout the day.
The day ended with an award presentations with prizes going to first , second and third place winners in the six competitive games. Some of the prizes included a 19-inch television set, DVD players and boom boxes. Other prizes awarded to top placing homes consisted of a grill, glider, rockers and more.
All Olympians received a trophy. Ed and Carol Robbins have sponsored the trophies for 13 years.
Slone said that she is confident that the annual Senior Annual Olympics will continue to be a success because it represents unity, warmth, and fellowship.
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