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Visalia Senior Games Planning Underway

Planning is underway now and the City of Visalia, spearheaded by the Parks & Recreation Department, is excited to bring the Inaugural 2015 Visalia Senior Games to the Central Valley for the very first time. Senior Games is open to those ages 50 and better and with 11 age divisions for men and women in each event, it’s certain there will be a lot of winners. 

The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has 19 events and, to be included in the NSGA, a local organizer must offer at least one-half of the NSGA’s approved sports by the third year of hosting Senior Games. Visalia plans to hold eight events in 2015, with the goal to hit the one-half mark in 2016.

Of the nineteen events through NSGA, Visalia plans to kick off the inaugural event with:

  • Archery
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Pickleball (singles, doubles, mixed doubles)
  • Tennis (singles, doubles)
  • 5K Road Race
  • Table Tennis (singles, doubles)

“We’ve selected events that we feel appeal to the 50+ community and are at the heart of Senior Games,” says Jeannie Greenwood, Recreation Manager for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. “We have City-owned facilities that will host most of the events, the events are programs that we already offer and know are popular in the Central Valley and they are events we have the expertise to facilitate.”

The Inaugural 2015 Visalia Senior Games is being planned for this fall and will take place October 21st through the 25th.  As exciting and fun as the Games will be, facilitating an event of this size in less than five months is no small task and the Parks & Recreation Department is looking for a lot of help to put Visalia on the Senior Games map. 

“An event of this size, with the potential to attract not only hundreds of local participants but seniors from throughout the state, will need a lot of resources,” states Greenwood.  “We’re excited about hosting this event and hope we can count on our community to support our efforts.” 

The first Visalia Senior Games Planning Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at 3 p.m. at the Visalia Senior Center, 310 N. Locust. 

“There are many ways to get involved,” adds Greenwood. “From joining the Visalia Senior Games Planning Task Force to volunteering at an event, to providing sponsorships and contributions; we will need lots of people to make this the great event we know it can be.”

With volunteer positions that range from event chairs to volunteer coordination to marketing, sponsorships and social events, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

The Visalia Senior Games Planning Task Force meeting is open to community members who would like to learn more about the Games and who are interested in helping out.  The June 17th meeting will include creating a  mission statement, reviewing policies and procedures established by the California State Games Association, volunteer and Task Force positions will be discussed and the steering committee for Visalia Senior Games will begin to take shape.

Join the City of Visalia for this first glimpse into the Inaugural 2015 Visalia Senior Games.  If you are unable to attend the meeting on June 17th, or if you would like more information, email recreation@visalia.city or call Jeannie Greenwood at (559) 713-4042.

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #visaliaseniorgames and click on "Recreation Programs" followed by "Visalia Senior Center" to visit the official Visalia Senior Games page.

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