Dear Athletes and Friends:
We have just about completed the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games – with four sports to go in the next two weekends. It is a great celebration of our 10th Anniversary – "10 years and still playing!"
Thanks to all the athletes, their families and friends who joined us to cheer, support and admire the 1,450 Senior Games Athletes who took part – validating our slogan "the competition never ends."
Results are being posted as we receive them from our Bay Area Senior Games Sports Commissioners. Photos will be posted as well.
Join me in thanking our Sports Commissioners for a job well done – 2016 BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES SPORTS COMMISSIONERS: – all of whom use their knowledge and love of their sport to ensure the Games provide the best competitive conditions possible!
- Archery: Karen Keating, Dawnell Scott
- Badminton: Jeff & Karen Fishback
- Basketball: James Houston
- Cycling: Tom Simpson
- Feats of Strength: Dale Harder, Bill Weinstock
- Golf: Dennis Barbata
- Pickleball: Steve Sutton
- Race Walk: Leroy Milam
- Racquetball: Merijean Kelley
- Road Race: LeRoy Milam
- Rugby: Richard Boyer, Frank Merrill
- Soccer: Mike Rohde, Laura Garrett, Rich Fern
- Swimming; Michael Moore
- Table Tennis: Dennis Davis
- Track & Field: Leroy Milam
- Triathlon: Stanford Treeathlon
- Volleyball: Alexis Bryce
- Water Polo: Andy Burke
- Individual Sports - Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Feats of Strength, Golf, Pickleball, Racewalk, Racquetball, Road Race, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track & Field and Triathlon.
- Team Sports – Basketball, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball and Water Polo 20 Sports Total, plus the Pasta Dinner Celebration May 20th
VOLUNTEERS: Once again, lead by BASG’s unflappable Bob Weder, a big thanks to our volunteers – who came early, stayed late and performed all sorts of important sporting tasks to support the athletes. Many received community service credits from their high schools. Thanks to all the volunteers, who are so important in keeping the Games running!
SPECIAL THANKS: To 23andme for making 150 genetic testing kits available to the track and field athletes. And to ZUMO USA for acting as the PRESENTING SPONSOR of the 2016 Water Polo Tournament.. And to Humana who provided gifts for the soccer athletes….And to Sports Basement, City of Palo Alto, Stanford Athletics, College of San Mateo, Palo Alto Elks Club, California Badminton Academy, Asset Management, Hobees, YONEX and the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) for their continued support.
REASON: Demonstrating that "the competition never ends" and that exercise and physical activity are the keys to a long, happy and healthy life.
Mission: To promote healthy lifestyles for seniors through education, fitness and the spirited competition of sports, while inspiring everyone to embrace health and appreciate and enjoy the value of sports related exercise.
I want to share this thought with all of you. "The Senior Games are at the heart of the meaning of the Olympic Movement. Though they inspire us all, It's still true that many people watch the Olympic Games, see mostly younger athletes at the prime of their performance and say "those athletes are amazing, but that's not me..." With the Senior Games, people of all ages, even those who did not think they could swim, run or jump anymore, are inspired to a more active, healthy and fulfilling life...that's the TRUE Olympic spirit and the real meaning of the Olympic Movement, a challenge to all of us to be the best we can be."
Thanks to all the athletes for being an inspiration to everyone!
We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Bay Area Senior Games.
2016 Bay Area Senior Games Chair
California Senior Games Association Chair
1960 Olympian – USA