Thursday, January 9, 2014
In September 2013, the Thoroughbred Senior Games began as an avenue for adults age 50 and older to compete in a variety of events including basketball, pickleball, table tennis and track and field. As plans are forming for the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic in May, athletes continue to train for this national qualifying event.
The state games attract approximately 1,000 athletes, converging on Francis Marion University’s campus for the nearly weeklong event. At Riverview Park Activities Center, site of the senior basketball events, senior three-on-three basketball will begin play in January. Spot shooting and foul shooting are also part of the state competition, where the top three finishers in each age division automatically qualify for the national event to be held in Minneapolis, Minn. in July 2015.
More than 10,000 athletes are expected to participate at the national level, including many from Aiken County.
“As a participant myself, I enjoyed the competition and the opportunity to meet new people. I encourage any person to give it a try, even at a sport you have never tried before or if you have never been a competitive athlete. Those that compete are already winners,” said John Felak, NAPRD Senior Sports representative.
For more information about the Senior Games, or to get involved, call Felak at 803-441-4310.