GENESEE COUNTY — While the world’s greatest athletes pursue gold, silver and bronze medals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, the senior citizens of Genesee County are after their own medals in a series of local contests.
The Senior Winter Olympic Games kicked off with an Opening Ceremony on Feb. 3 and will end with a Closing Ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Davison Knights of Columbus Hall. The competition is sponsored by the winter games board of directors and committee of the Genesee County Office of Senior Services and open to participants from senior citizens centers countywide.
Contests are held at various senior centers in the county and other venues. The public is welcome to attend but there is limited space at some centers, according to a public announcement posted on the Office Of Senior Services web site at www.gc4me.com/resident/senior_ services/ docs/Winter_ Newsletter.pdf#page=2
Entry forms also were available at the Flint Township Hall. Registration is $12 and covers participation in an unlimited number of competitions, a T-shirt and admission to the closing ceremony banquet.
Games include bowling, jigsaw puzzles, pickle ball, scrabble, cribbage, Sudoku, line dancing, baking, billiards, Frisbee Toss, karaoke, volleyball and dominoes.
Upcoming events on Feb. 14 include a Water Walk at the YMCA, Women’s Pool (8 ball) at the Eastside Senior Center; Archery at Flint Bowmen Inc.; and Euchre at the Grand Blanc Senior Center.
On Feb. 17, there will be a volleyball game at Linden Elementary School and Spades game at the Clio Senior Center.
— Rhonda Sanders