The Cherokee County Senior Olympics closed out the 2019 season on Friday with a ceremony that honored sponsors, detailed events, celebrated winners and memorialized past members.
With medals around their necks, senior citizens from all around the county came to the Cherokee County Senior Center in celebration of their achievements. Walkers and wheelchairs lined the back of the room but that didn’t stop these seniors from getting up and active during the 2019 Senior Olympics.
In it’s 13th year, CCSO celebrated a record for participant involvement. In 2019 the Senior Olympics attracted 156 people over the age of 50 to get involved and get moving. The events drawing the most participants were pickleball, bowling, baggo, basketball and horseshoes, all with more than 30 participants. The largest age group was ages 65 to 69 with 44 participants. The oldest participant was 98, and he competed in the swimming event.
“That’s what this is all about,” Chairman Allison Chandler said. “We are encouraging people to stay active socially and physically by being competitive and having fun.”
Along with the most popular events, there were also events in billiards, body challenge, bocce ball, disk golf, swimming, softball, washers, one-mile walk, hillbilly golf and Wii bowling.
Participants competed in events throughout April and were either given a gold, silver or bronze medal. There were 186 gold medals awarded, 110 silver and 64 bronze. Participants could compete in as many events as they were able.
Members also gave a special tribute to Lowell Lawson as he inspired the start of the event. Different people stood up and spoke about how he was always pushing for senior activities and more senior involvement in the community. For this and other reasons, they memorialize him yearly by presenting the Lowell Lawson Award to a dedicated servant in the senior community. This year the recipient of the award was William Criswell.
For more information or to get involved visit cherokeecountyseniorolympics.com/index.html
The Cherokee County Senior Olympics is an organization that creates awareness of the abilities and capabilities of seniors, helps promote, maintain and improve health awareness, and promotes an interest in lifetime sports, recreation and physical activity. The Senior Olympics event is held every April. Money raised by the organization is invested in efforts to improve the quality of life for seniors.
Each year, money is given for the Adopt-A-Senior Program through Cherokee County Senior Services and the Hugs and a Blanket effort through Cherokee Recreation and Parks Department.