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NYC PARKS AND STATE SENATOR JESSE HAMILTON PARTNER TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL BROOKLYN SENIOR GAMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 8, 2017
No. 44
http://www.nyc.gov/parks

Week-long Series of Competitions for Senior Recreation Center Members runs through Saturday, May 13

NYC Parks and State Senator Jesse Hamilton today kicked off the second annual Brooklyn Senior Games, with a borough-wide torch relay. Taking off this morning from McCarren Recreation Center, seniors passing the torch made a stop at Brooklyn Borough Hall where they were cheered on by Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, New York Road Runners President and CEO Michael Capiraso, President of Events and Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon Peter Ciaccia, and local community members. The torch relay will continue tomorrow, when seniors will make the last leg of the trip, ending with an opening ceremony at Brownsville Recreation Center.

This year’s competition will include shuffleboard, bowling, swimming, basketball, track and field, board games, table tennis, and pickleball; kicking off Monday, May 8th, and running until Friday, May 12th, with closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 13th.

Commissioner Maher will also join local Brooklyn elected officials on Tuesday, May 9th at 10:30 a.m. at Brownsville Recreation Center for a traditional cauldron lighting, speaking program and refreshments. A full schedule of competitions is included below.

“Our recreation centers improve public health, enhance neighborhoods, foster community and friendship, and are accessible to all, and the Senior Games is a wonderful representation of that,” said Commissioner Maher. “The Brooklyn Senior Games offer an opportunity to sharpen the skills, minds and bodies of our City’s seniors, and it is inspiring to watch. Parks is proud to host so many passionate community members in our many swimming pools, fitness rooms, basketball courts and more. Special thanks to Senator Hamilton and all our sponsors for their contributions and dedication.”

"I'm proud to work again with colleagues, NYC agencies, and community partners across Brooklyn to highlight Brooklyn senior citizen athletes and celebrate the opening of the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Senior Games,” said State Senator Jesse Hamilton. “These accomplished men and women demonstrate that staying active has no age limit. I invite the public to cheer on these athletes and wish all the participants the best as they go for gold."

“Brooklyn loves healthy competition — literally and figuratively,” said Borough President Eric L. Adams. “The Brooklyn Senior Games highlight the great opportunities our parks and recreation centers provide to focus on the wellness of our minds, bodies, and souls, all while enjoying our communities. I wish all of our seniors the best of luck in their events, although they are all already winners for participating!”

“New York Road Runners is excited to help kick-off the second annual NYC Parks Brooklyn Senior Games, and to partner with NYC Parks and State Senator Jesse Hamilton to provide participants with high-quality events,” said Zakia Haywood, director of community services for New York Road Runners. “Through programs such as NYRR Striders we strive to encourage people of all ages to maintain healthy and fit lifestyles, and the participants of the NYC Parks Brooklyn Senior Games truly embody the spirit of sport and showcase the benefits and importance of staying active at any age.”

Brooklyn Senior Games Schedule

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Torch Relay Day 2: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., various locations
Opening Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Brownsville Recreation Center
Shuffle Board: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation Center
Basketball Day 1: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation Center
Board Games: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation Center

Wednesday, May 10
Basketball Day 2: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation Center
Swimming: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation Center
Bowling: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Funfest Family Center
Board Games: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation

Thursday, May 11
Track and Field: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex

Friday, May 12
Pickleball: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation
Table Tennis: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation
Board Games 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Brownsville Recreation

Saturday, May 13
Closing Ceremony: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Brooklyn Borough Hall

For more information on recreational opportunities at Parks, visit our website.

This event is presented in partnership with New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, with support from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Senator Diane Savino, the New York Road Runners, Affinity Health Plan, Humana, EmblemHealth and FreedomCare.

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