The first ever Naperville Park District Senior Games began recently right here in town.
Residents age 50 and older are invited to join in on the competition that will feature about ten different sports and activities, like ceramics, trapshooting, and swimming.
“The goal is to really get seniors active, to give them an opportunity to demonstrate their different skills, whether it be in one of the sports or craft activities, we have a number of different things that were offering this first year,” said Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation with the Naperville Park District.
Local artists wasted no time getting their hands dirty in the first round of the games with the ceramic art competition.
During four different classes, the participants will not only learn how to craft their own pieces of pottery, but also how they can benefit from activities geared toward seniors.
“I do have arthritis in my hands, I can’t play golf like I used to, but I’ve found that this is a good outlet and it does help a lot,” said Nancy Marinello, Senior Games Participant.
“I think a big part of being a senior is the mental issues, really getting out and socializing, being with other people, sharing common interests and discovering new things,” said Marilee Casazza, another participant with the Senior Games.
At the end of the competition, their ceramic art pieces will be judged along with the other sports and activities, with winners announced at the awards luncheon on June 26.
To register for the senior games, visit napervilleparks.org/seniorgames.
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