For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Weishaar, Outreach Director, 708-588-2282
Hundreds of Active Adults to Participate in 37th Annual Six-County Senior Games
La Grange – At 100 years young, Don Savage from Chicago’s northwest side has been participating in the Annual Six-County Senior Games for over 25 years. While the activities he has participated in over the years have changed, one thing hasn’t. ‘I’m not in it for the competition,’ Savage says, ’the best part is the fun and the friendship.
Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) member Teresa Grodsky has been organizing the senior games for 37 years. She has seen sports trends come and go, from shuffle board and archery to bowling and golf, and now pickleball. The minimum age to participate used to be 55, now it’s 50. But ‘one thing hasn’t changed’, says Grodsky, ‘the spirit of the participants. Competitors are friendly, and support one another.’ Grodsky works with a committee to plan the event, with takes about 6 months. The two months prior are the busiest, securing event locations and lining up volunteers.
‘It is really fun seeing people return to the event year after year! Meeting so many interesting people and hearing why they do the sports that they do. The organizing of the Senior Games has been one of the most satisfying parts of my career in Parks and Recreation. It shows the best of people and how it is to grow older actively and positively.’ – Teresa Grodsky, Event Chair
‘On behalf of IPRA, we are thrilled to once again host the Six County Senior Games. This event allows us to serve over 500 seniors annually over the course of 16 days in a way that supports health and fitness, social engagement, and community engagement. We wish all the athletes the best of luck as they pursue these exciting games.’ – Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director.
Consistently hosting over 500 participants, the IPRA Annual Six-County Senior Games provides an opportunity for active adults to compete with their peers in an atmosphere of friendship and support, and to receive recognition for their efforts and achievements. There are both individual and team events, held July 9-25, 2018 at locations throughout Chicagoland.
Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please call us or visit the IPRA website: www.ILipra.org.