The Visalia Parks & Recreation Department is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Visalia Senior Games with the Opening Ceremony kick-off scheduled for Friday, March 17th at Garden Street Plaza (300 E. Main St.).
The event will feature athlete packet pick-up from 5 - 7 p.m. and at 6 p.m., the Mayor and sponsors will address attendees as well as a special featured performance by the 2016 Visalia Teen Idol winner Arianna Rubalcaba. Opening ceremonies are free for all to attend. Tickets for the tri-tip diner after the ceremony are just $10 in advance for athletes and $15 for guests or at the door of the event, as space allows.
The Visalia Senior Games will take place on Friday, March 17th through Sunday, March 19th and Saturday, March 25th through Sunday, March 26th. Open to seniors 50 years and better, the Visalia Senior Games aim to provide excellent conditions for seniors who seek a competitive environment along with the camaraderie of other athletes. There are currently over 400 athletes registered in over 420 events; the oldest competitor registered to compete is 95 years of age. Over 200 athletes are from the Central Valley, while the rest of the athletes hail from locations throughout California; two athletes will be arriving from Texas and Washington.
“We are very excited to see how this event has grown in the past two years,” stated Jeannie Greenwood, Director for Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. “We have doubled in size not just in the amount of events that we have offered, but also in the number of athletes that we expect to see attend this year’s event. The City of Visalia is excited to host this great event once again and welcome athletes from around the state.”
One of the best things about the senior games is the opportunity to meet new people and during the games there are several great opportunities to do that. Athletes, family and friends should plan to attend the Saturday Night Social and the Texas Hold’Em Tournament and Social.
The Saturday Night Social will be held on Saturday, March 18th from 6 - 9 p.m. at Garden Street Plaza in downtown Visalia (300 E. Main St.) and will feature live music by “Borrowed Time,” dancing, delicious appetizers, raffle prizes and fun. This social is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Visalia and a no-host bar will be included. Tickets are just $8 per person.
The Texas Hold’Em no-limit Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Anthony Community Center (345 N. Jacob St). Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers along with a High Hand Prize (no cash prizes awarded). There will also be live music by the “Dirty Poppas,” appetizers and a no-host bar for those who would rather dance, socialize and meet new people. Texas Hold’Em tournament entry is just $15 per person which includes the social or $10 per person for the social only.
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony dinner, Saturday Night Social and the Texas Hold’Em Tournament and Social can be purchased at the Anthony Community Center or on-site each event.
Individuals that are not ready to join a team or compete in an event but still want to participate in the 2017 Visalia Senior Games can sign-up to become a volunteer with the games. Volunteers are currently being sought to assist in such areas as building athlete packets; Texas Hold’Em Tournament and Social; swimming events; track & field events and the 5K road race. To volunteer, visit www.visaliaseniorgames.com and click on the link to sign-up.
The 2017 Visalia Senior Games is supported by Kaweah Delta Health Care District. For more information on the Visalia Senior Games or to register, please visit www.visaliaseniorgames.com.