21st Annual Polk Senior Games – February 23 – March 11, 2013
PURPOSE: Polk Senior Games provides an annual event of competitive athletic and recreational events for men and women 50 years and over as of December 31 of the competition year. The Games promote an active, healthy lifestyle, an interest in sports, and volunteerism. The Games offer something for everyone – the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, and the physically challenged.
To promote friendly competition and an interest in sports and recreation
To create an awareness of the abilities and capabilities of older persons
To provide a safe and social opportunity for senior adults
To promote health and wellness through an active lifestyle
To improve the quality of life for participants
EVENT: Two-week series of Olympic-style competition for men and women 50 and over. Most events are grouped by gender in five-year age increments. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are presented in each event and age division. Polk County residency is not required.
Archery, Badminton, Basketball Shooting, Basketball 3 on 3, Billiards,
Bocce, Bowling, Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Cribbage, Ballroom and
Social Dancing, Square Dancing, Darts, Euchre, Field Events, Fishing,
Fly Casting, Golf 18 Hole and Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Lawn
Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Powerlifting, Punt Pass Kick, Racquetball,
Road Race 5K, Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Rifle, Skeet and Trap
Shooting, Shuffleboard, Softball, Sudoku, Swimming, Table Tennis,
Tennis, Track, Walking.
DATES: Saturday, February 23 – Monday, March 11, 2013
LOCATIONS: Various locations throughout Polk County
“Thank-you to everyone who made our 2012- 20th Anniversary Games a succeess. The memories still make me smile. As we gein oour third decade, we give special thanks to Publix Super Markets Charities, our Gold and Founding Sponsor for 21 years, the James W. Sikes Family, a “Bronze Sponsor” for 20 years, and CPS Investment Advisors, a “Bronze Sponsor” for 11 years. We thank all our sponsors, contributors, and in-kind partners. Polk Senior Games is a non-profit charitable organization and could not exist without their generosity and support.
This year’s Games will attract over 2,500 men and women with a variety of skills- the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, the late bloomer, and the phsically challenged. New events will be Archery and Rifle Shooting. IN all there will be 95 events in 37 sports and games. To get it all done, it will take over 650 volunteers, 125 community organizations, 50 sponsors and 12 months of preparation led by our Executive Director, Deena Wilbur, who is celebrating her f20th year with the Games.
We hope you will join us and enjoy the Games from the Torch Lighting at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, February 23rd throught the Special Awards at the Closing Celebration on Monday, March 11th.”
Rudy Gittens, President