RI Senior Games Celebrates its 40th Birthday

22 March 2018

RI Senior Games Celebrates its 40th Birthday

The Ocean State Senior Olympics began in 1979, just the second state to offer a games competition for senior women and men over the age of 50. Rhode Island’s Senior Games began under the stewardship of the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs, whose Director Anna Tucker believed it would be a great idea to get seniors up and moving.  The Rhode Island Games Coordinator at the time was Dolores Casey Bergeron, who still serves as an advisor to the Executive Director.  

The games signature event, Track & Field, will return to Brown Stadium where they began 40 years ago. Additional events include:

Archery; 3x3 Basketball; Tenpin Bowling; Cycling; Golf; Pickleball; 5k Road Race; Softball; Swimming; Table Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon and Volleyball.

The RI Senior Games offer men and women over the age of fifty a sporting experience that emphasizes fun, fitness and friendly competition at some of the most outstanding athletic venues in the state. We also offer master athletes (Women and Men over the age of 40) the opportunity to participate in several of our events. The games are targeted at encouraging older adults to develop and maintain good physical fitness through regular participation in exercise, recreational activity and sporting competitions. 

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded in each sport, event and age group. The sporting competitions are held in 5 year age increments, beginning with 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and continuing thru the oldest participants.

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