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Monday, May 14, 2018
No. 37


NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Closing Ceremony and award giveaway slated for May 16

NYC Parks hosted the third annual Senior Games last week, kicking off with a torch relay race and opening ceremony on Monday, May 7. Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined representatives from the NYC Department for the Aging, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, competitors and supporters for a ceremonial torch lighting and celebration. Participating seniors ran a relay race that began at McCarren Recreation Center and ended at Brownsville Recreation Center – a total of 24 miles.

The games continued on Tuesday, May 8 and wrapped up on Friday, May 11. This year’s competitions included shuffleboard, bowling, swimming, basketball, track and field, board games, table tennis, cornhole and pickleball. Winners in each activity were awarded ribbons and will come together for an official closing ceremony on Wednesday, May 16 at the Prospect Park Picnic House.

“New York City’s seniors are a force to be reckoned with, and the third annual Senior Games is a testament to that,” said Parks Commissioner Silver. “With a record number of participants this year, the competition has been fierce, and we are proud to host such a passionate group in our recreation centers. The Games are a fun reminder of all the wonderful resources Parks offers to aging New Yorkers, and we look forward to watching this amazing event grow each year.”

“When we founded the then-Brooklyn Senior Games three years ago, we could not have imagined how many New Yorkers would embrace this salute to staying active,” said New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton. “As we celebrate the 2018 NYC Senior Games, I want to heartily congratulate all the athletes who never cease to inspire us. I express my appreciation to NYC Parks, the Department for the Aging, and all the community partners who helped make this week-long celebration of good sportsmanship and neighborhood athleticism possible. Thanks to all the musicians, dancers, and performers who helped us mark the occasion, and thanks to all the spectators who cheered on our senior athletes. It has been my honor to Chair these games and to bear the torch again as we lift up the achievements of these inspiring men and women.”

“The benefits of physical activity for many of the senior athletes will extend beyond the day’s events. Exercise reduces the risk of falls, improves cardio vascular functioning and slows cognitive decline, which maintains vitality and ultimately improves quality of life. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the Parks Department for this year’s Senior Games and to congratulate the competitors on a job well done,” said Department for the Aging Commissioner Dr. Donna Corrado.

Winners this year include:

  • Men’s swimming - Bruce Harttlebem, Ricardo Corral, Brian Rowan, Richard McLaughlin Jr., Gordon Blake, Rodney Seymour, Mark Bahana, Michael Kay, Timothy Johnson, James Dam;
  • Women’s swimming - Wilanwun Guyviditr, Gwendolyn Maristiany, Jane Katz, Catherine Davis, Marie Vellucci
  • Corn-hole - Allen Faust and Paul Smith;
  • Dominos – Ken Chance and Mary Randle;
  • Pickle-Ball – Beth Lambert/Jill Icelly, Peter Schlaifer/ Deniis Kitchen, Teresa Bishop/ Reggie Bishop;
  • Shuffleboard –Allen Faust/Paul Smith;
  • Bowling – Anthony Jeanty/Sonia Charon, Barara Sindado/Cecelia Lawrence, Eddie Fanco/Mary Randle, Tim Solomon/ Cecilia Solomon, Ignacio St. Rose/Gloria Edwards;
  • Board games – Rosemary Lyons, Marian Johnson, Theresa Hobbs;

Parks oversees a network of 36 recreation centers citywide, and offers discounted memberships for seniors. For more information on recreational opportunities at Parks, visit our website.

This event is presented in partnership with NYC Department for the Aging and New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, with support from Senator Diane Savino, the New York Road Runners, Humana, and United Healthcare.

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