More than 300 senior, ages 50 and older, will show off their athletic prowess, and baking and creative skills during the annual Detroit Senior Olympics with a variety of events planned now through Wednesday, June 14.
Tuesday’s events (June 13) include bowling, table tennis, billiards, chess, swimming, bounce volleyball and 3 on 3 basketball. Most events take place at Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd. Wednesday’s events (June 14) take place at Adams/Butzel Complex, 10500 Lyndon near Meyers, with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by track and field events, basketball free throw, Frisbee toss, softball hit and throw, baking, arts-n-crafts, and hustle dance. The Olympics concludes with the closing ceremony at 3 p.m.
Last year, more than 400 participants, ages 50 and older, enjoyed competing and exhibiting in more than 18 events including tennis, basketball, baking, arts & crafts, bid whist and hustle dancing. New events for 2017 include pickleball, softball and chess. Also, new this year, qualifying participants will be eligible to compete on the state and national levels at the Michigan Senior Olympics and the National Senior Games in events such as horseshoes, table tennis, bowling, basketball, track, swimming and tennis.
“The city of Detroit has some of the best senior athletes around and for them to have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a state and national platform will be very rewarding for both the athlete and our Department,” said Keith Flournoy, Interim Director of the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.
The presenting sponsor for this year is the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. Other sponsors include Humana and Oakstreet Health. Interested participants can register on-site at Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center on June 12 or Adams-Butzel Recreation Center on June 13. On-site registration fees are $25 for athletes and $10 for VIP spectators. An additional $10 fee applies to pickleball, softball, golf and bowling events. General spectators are free, and vendor/resource opportunities are available.
Event highlights include:
Walter Blackwell, 63, who is competing in the bowling event on June 13 at 9 a.m. and several events on June 14. His wife, Patricia, also is competing in several events June 14.
Edna Allen, 75, who has competed in the Olympics for 13 years and won numerous medals. On June 13, she is expected to take part in bounce volleyball at 3 p.m. and 3 on 3 basketball at 5:30 p.m. She also has several events scheduled for June 14.
The Detroit Senior Olympics is presented by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. Other sponsors include Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, Humana, and Oakstreet Health. The competition includes a variety of activities including golf, bowling, swimming, basketball, track, and horseshoes, frisbee toss, table tennis, arts & crafts and baking.
The remainder of the schedule is:
Tuesday, June 13
Hazel Park Bowling | 24211 Hughes Ave
9 a.m. *Bowling
Williams Recreation Center | 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd
11:30 a.m. *Table Tennis Singles
1 p.m. 8-Ball Billiards
2 p.m. *Swim
3 p.m. Bid Whist & Bounce Volleyball
5:30 p.m. *3 on 3 Women Basketball
6:30 p.m. *3 on 3 Men Basketball
Wednesday, June 14 – Adams/Butzel Complex | 10500 Lyndon
9 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Arts & Crafts
Frisbee Toss (70+)
*1600 Meter Race Walk (All Ages)
Softball Hit (50-69)
*50 Meter Run (All ages)
Basketball Free Throw (50-69)
Softball Throw (70+)
4 x 400 Relay (Run) (Co/Ed)
12:30 p.m. Horseshoes (50-69)
12:45 p.m. Softball Throw (50-69)
1 p.m. Basketball Free Throw (70+)
1:30 p.m. Frisbee Toss (50-69) & 1600 Meter Walk (All Ages)
2 p.m. Softball Hit (70+)
2:30 p.m. Hustle Dance
3 p.m. Closing Ceremony
For information, call (313) 224-1100.
To see the Senior Olympics video, click link: https://www.facebook.com/CityofDetroit/videos/10155464378217754/