“Come out and play!” is the invitation of Scotland County Senior Games organizers, who are pushing for more senior applicants to this year’s edition of the games, which will take place from April 27 until May 11.
The games’ volunteers met at the Scotland Memorial Hospital Dulin Center’s main conference room on Tuesday to prepare for the event, and a preview of what was in store was on show in the form of the cheerleading of the “Scotland Athletic Seniors” group.
The group performed a demonstration of their cheers before the several dozen volunteers assembled for the meeting, laughing and smiling their way through a dance-along to The Beach Boy’s classic tune “I Get Around.”
The group, which was formed and first competed in the Senior Games three years ago, failed to medal at their first games.
“However, last year we took gold,” said Gaye McCormick, one of the group’s founding members.
Asked what changes led to gold, McCormick said (with unanimous agreement from the group) that they “learned to have more fun.”
“As we’ve grown we’ve invited more people to come and branched out,” said SAS member Donna Dickerson, who also competes in bowling during the Senior Games.
The group is actually looking for more members now, and those seniors interested in swishing the pom-poms are invited to sign up for the games.
“Seniors who don’t participate in the games are missing a lot of fellowship and a lot of fun,” said McCormick.
The games include athletic events from long jump to billiards and arts events from basket-weaving to woodworking, and all those interested to learn more are invited to visit he Scotland Place Senior Center for more information. Applications will be made available at the senior center after April 13, with the deadline for applications set ten days later, on April 23.
There is a small senior games entry fee for athletic participation. Athletic participants receive a senior games t-shirt and admission to the senior games banquet. There is no charge to participate in the “Silver Arts” portion of the games, which will have a showcase. Silver Arts participants and other guests may attend the banquet by purchasing a ticket.
For more contact the senior center at 277-2585.