Female and male “Athlete of the Year” will be honored in addition to recognizing volunteers who played a vital role in ensuring the effectiveness of this year’s games.
The EBRCOA again facilitated the Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/District Games, offering more than 40 competitive events to the active aging community of the area. The Greater Baton Rouge District - consisting of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes - serves as a regional qualifier for the annual Louisiana Senior Olympic Games (LSOG) held annually in the fall.
After qualifying in LSOG’s events in the fall, competitors are invited to compete in the 2013 National Senior Games hosted in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21 - August 5, 2013.
This year’s events included archery, arts/crafts, badminton, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, party bridge, pickleball, powerlifting, shuffleboard, skeet and trap shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis (singles, doubles, mixed doubles), throws (distance, accuracy), track & field, volleyball, walk-a-thon and weightlifting, as well as fun events such as the toilet paper toss and a somewhat vicious spades tournament.
“Attending this year’s games for the first time and witnessing the commitment to physical fitness that these seniors possess was simply inspiring and similarly incredible,” says Tasha Clark-Amar, EBRCOA CEO/executive director who joined the agency back in July 2011. “Beholding the ‘can-do’ and ‘will-do’ attitudes of these athletes reinforces the validity of this agency’s mission to support independence while simultaneously serving seniors.”
“As advocates for the health and vitality of senior citizens, we are very pleased to support the Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics,” says Carol Solomon, chief executive officer for Peoples Health, a locally owned Medicare Advantage company that serves 50,000 beneficiaries. “It’s so important for seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, and what better way to do that than with some friendly competition in a favorite sport.”
The EBRCOA is most grateful to the 2012 Greater Baton Rouge Senior Olympics/District Games’ returning Presenting Sponsor Peoples Health as well as the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge General, Baton Rouge Coca Cola, Cox Communications, Subway, WellCare, St. James Place, Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital, BREC, Acadian Ambulance, Cortana Mall, Hunter’s Run Gun Club, Spectrum Fitness Club, Coach Gayle Hatch, All Star Lanes, First United Methodist Church and Crawfish Aquatics.
For more information about this newsworthy event, contact Jeremy Theriot and/or Shanda Grimes at 225-923-8000. For more information about the programs offered by the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, please visit www.ebrcoa.org.
East Baton Rouge Council on Aging: Supporting Independence – Serving Seniors.