PDT Staff Writer
More than 2,700 came out to the 2013 Senior Olympics held Thursday at the Scioto County Fairgrounds. Residents and staff representing facilities from 15 different counties participated in the 12th annual Senior Olympics event Thursday. This year’s theme was “A Day to Remember.”
Linda Slone, the Senior Olympics advisor and coordinator, said she is very pleased about this year’s event.
“It was a great turn out, a great day to make memories. Many of the residents have traveled from very far to get here. They have the opportunity to make new friends and make memories that will last a lifetime,” Slone said.
The opening ceremony included the lighting of the torch, performed by Jackie Purpura from the Developmental Center in Gallipolis.
Invocation was given by Rev. Clarence Parker, followed by the singing of the National Anthem from Ryanne Parker. Al Oliver was the guest speaker for the program, and provided a brief inspirational message to the audience.
According to Slone, roll call was done in which each facility represented at the Olympics is called out by name. As each name is called, the staff and residents from the facility are given the opportunity to make their presence known. Bill Spencer, Mayor of Piketon, performed the roll call for this year’s Olympics.
Slone said a Spirit Award is given to the facility that displays the most spirit to be chosen by a committee. National Church Residences of Chillicothe took home the 2013 Spirit Award.
Residents were provided with games including bowling, horseshoe, cornhole, dominoes, penny pinching, and basketball.
Slone said it is the cooperation of everyone that ensures the success of the Senior Olympics.
“Along with the residents and the wonderful staff that bring them each year, we have great volunteers. They are all just marvelous. In January we start working on the next one, and I am looking forward to it,” Slone said.
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