Aetna Sponsors First 300 in Olympics-Style Competition for 50 and Over
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced registration is open for the 35th Annual DC Senior Games (DCSG) presented by Aetna. Aetna is sponsoring the first 300 senior athletes to register by waiving the entry fee and providing participants with a commemorative 2018 DCSG tee shirt.
The games will take place Monday, April 30 – Monday, May 14, 2018 at various locations throughout the District of Columbia. A senior’s version of the Olympics complete with a grandiose opening ceremony, DCSG is a showcase for DC residents age 50 and older to compete and medal in a variety of sports competitions.
“DC seniors matter and this event is one of the highlights of the year; to see over 300 seniors compete is amazing and inspiring,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “It feels good to give seniors this platform to showcase their talents and get recognized in a major way.”
The DC Senior Games is a yearly competition, hosted by DPR and sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) that pushes Mayor Muriel Bowser’s FIT DC initiative and features activities including: basketball, bowling, horseshoe toss, pickleball, softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field.
Sixty DC seniors are set to qualify in NSGA’s National Senior Games. Senior athletes that fair well in regional games get to compete against other seniors from across the country at the national competition, which takes place every two years. The 2019 National Senior Games will be held Thursday, June 14 – Monday, June 25, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The DC Senior Games opening ceremony will take place on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Recreation Center, located at 1350 49th St NE. The closing ceremony will also take place at Kenilworth Recreation Center on Monday, May 14th at 10 a.m.
The quickest way to register for DCSG is online. Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, DPR will assist seniors in the online registration process at Theodore Hagans Community Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE). DC Senior Games’ participants can register online until Friday, April 27, 2018 at 12pm.
Registration can be done in-person at Columbia Heights Recreation Center. Seniors can also download and submit the application or mail the application to address on the paperwork. Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 27, 2018. If submitting a paper application, all payments are to be made in the form of a personal check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to “DC Treasurer.” If registering online, payment is due at the time of registration via credit card or debit card only.
After 300 athletes, the cost will be $20 per person to register. Bowling competitors will be responsible for additional fees.
For additional information about the DC Senior Games, including how to volunteer, please call (202) 664-7153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow #DCSG and #DCSeniorGames on social media.