DAVISON TWP. — The 2020 Senior Winter Games are off to a strong start following opening ceremonies held Feb. 3 at the Davison Area Senior Citizen Center.
The month-long games (Feb. 3-March 3) kicked off with a Pie Eating Contest following opening remarks by Jean Johnson, president of the Board of Directors for the Genesee Senior Centers.
There was also the Pledge of Allegiance led by Genesee County Commissioners Bryant Nolden, Ellen Ellenburg, David Martin, Ted Henry and Kim Courts.
The Star-Spangled Banner was led by the 2020 Karaoke contestants.
David Pompo, pastor of Living Grace Church, 7074 Davison Rd., in Davison Township, led a prayer before the ceremony.
“Be an example for those young people out there who are afraid of getting old,” said Pompo as he encouraged the seniors participating in the games to give it their best.
Johnson thanked the seniors for coming out and taking part in the annual event and recognized the county commissioners for all they do to help Genesee County seniors.
“Our county commissioners are kind and wonderful to work with,” she said, also recognizing the sponsors for the Winter Games for helping keep admission costs down.
Major sponsors for the games include: the Genesee County Senior Millage, UAW Region 1-D, Martha Markley Charitable Trust, Valley Area Agency on Aging, Health Alliance Plan and the Genesee County Commission on Aging.
Special thanks were also given to community partners: Flint Bowmen, Inc.; John Davis, Davison Knights of Columbus, Richfield Bowl, Sharky’s Sports Bar, Soccer Zone, VG’s Grocery, Genesee Valley Center and the many local senior citizen centers.
Johnson mentioned a new event had been added to this year’s games called the Senior Grand Prix. She said the event will be like the Pinewood Derby races done by Cub Scouts, using the same cars.
Gary Dearing of the Flushing Area Senior Center said he came up with the new event and thought it would be something fun to add to the line-up.
“We bought a track to hold the event,” he said. “This is the first year we’ll hold it. The cars can be be painted or left natural. Participants can shape their car into whatever they want.”
The only rule is the cars must remain at 5 ounces, so if the wood is carved away the racer must add weights to balance the weight. Kits cost about $3.99 and weights are $4.50. Racers will also need to lube the wheels of their car with graphite, the idea being to make the car go as fast as possible.
There will be male and female competition with awards for speed and design (decoration). The men will judge the women’s and the women will judge the men’s, said Dearing.
Kits can be bought at Rider Hobby Shop, 2061 S. Linden Rd., in Flint Township and at the Greater Flint Scout Shop, 4205 E. Court St., across from Courtland Center Mall in Burton.
Johnson also urged senior participants to be prompt for the events. In the past people have shown up late and the games have been heldup. This year, however, contestants are expected to be on time and should allow extra time for weather and if they aren’t sure where they are going.
Events this week and next:
Feb. 6 – Softball Toss, 10 a.m.; Lawn Bowling, 12 p.m.; and Soccer – Free Kick, 2 p.m.; at the Soccer Zone, 3166 Tri-Park Drive, Grand Blanc.
Feb. 7 – Yahtzee, 9:30 a.m.; Hand, Knee and Foot, 1 p.m.; Thetford Senior Center, 11495 N. Center Rd., Clio.
Feb. 10 – Shuffleboard (Men), 9 a.m.; Shuffleboard (women), 1 p.m.; Davison Area Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., Davison.
Feb. 11 – Senior Grand Prix, 9 a.m.; Recreational Ping Pong, 2 p.m.; Davison Area Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., Davison.
Feb. 12 – Frisbee Toss, 10 a.m.; Ladder Golf, 1 p.m.; Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center, 2071 S. Graham Rd., Flint Township.
Feb. 13 – Fitness Walk, 8:30 a.m., Genesee Valley Center (JC Penney Wing), 3341 S. Linden Rd., Flint Township.