Tucker County seniors participated in 2012 Senior Olympics in Keyser quite successfully and won a number of metals and trophies during the 11th anniversary of the Senior Olympics at Potomac State College from June 5 to 8.
This annual event is sponsored by the Aging and Family Services of Mineral County. The Tucker County seniors who participated in this year's events were: Caroline Pell, Mary Frances Good, Jim and Meg Buddingh, Mary Mullenax, Lois Miller, Sam Eichelberger, Rose Mary Mullenex, Bill Phelps and David Currance.
The primary purpose of the Senior Olympics is to provide both competitive and noncompetitive activities for all seniors, regardless of age or athletic ability. From bocce ball to basketball and from bingo to the spelling bee, events are chosen to include the physical as well as the nonphysical. This ensures the accommodation of all skill levels and promotes an atmosphere of competition while still focusing on the importance of socialization.
Seniors from Tucker County pose with their medals from the 2012 Senior Olympics in Keyser.
Events such as the picnic, banquet and the talent show allow participants to become better acquainted with each other. Annually, more than 100 seniors from across West Virginia participate in a variety of competitions.
There are approximately 50 competitions in which a senior can participate and be awarded a metal or trophy of achievement. The Senior Olympics provide a venue for self-expression, physical activity and social interaction, all of which are vital to a healthy lifestyle. These games are made possible through the dedicated group of staff and volunteers of the Aging and Family Services of Mineral County, the generosity of corporate sponsors and the hospitality of Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
Area seniors are welcome to join in next year to have fun while promoting the image of Tucker and Randolph counties.
More information on next year's event is available by contacting Aging & Family Services at 304-788-5467.