Dear Athletes and Friends:
Happy February – I am excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Bay Area Senior Games is now open.
To register on line – check the big red box on this home page. Note that both pickleball and badminton will register using a separate systems, just click on your sport and follow the directions. If you want to register by paper, please download the entry blank, fill it out and send it to our office.
We have made some changes this year and are so pleased to announce that the City of Palo Alto will be the site for several additional sports including soccer at Greer Park and swimming at Rinconada Pool.
About Bay Area Senior Games ATHLETES: In 2016, 1500+ men and women over age 50 participated in over 20 sports – this year our goal is 1750 athletes – so tell your friends and help us recruit new participants! We also had over 500 athletes compete in the Encore Games in November for a last chance to qualify for the 2017 Summer National Senior Games in Birmingham.
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers help us in every Senior Games sport. Online registration for volunteers will be opening March 1, 2017 on our website www.bayareaseniorgames.org. This is a great way to satisfy community service requirements for high school students! Volunteers are so important in keeping the Games running! Please share this volunteer information with your neighbors with teenagers, colleagues and family members.
SPORTS COMMISSIONERS: Here are the 2017 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 & Beth Schneider
- Cycling: Tom Simpson
- Golf: Dennis Barbata
- Pickleball: Steve Sutton
- Racquetball: Merijean Kelley
- Soccer: Rich Fern, Mike Rohde
- Swimming: Michael Moore
- Table Tennis: Dennis Davis
- Track & Field: Leroy Milam
- Triathlon: Stanford Treeathlon
- Volleyball: Alexis Bryce
- Water Polo: Andy Burke
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."
We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Bay Area Senior Games.
2017 Bay Area Senior Games Chair
California Senior Games Association Chair
1960 Olympian – USA