Let the games begin - activites open to seniors

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By Bryan Marshall

From bowling and billiards to shuffleboard and softball, the Northern Kentucky Senior Games offers local seniors an opportunity to show their skills.

The annual event will held May 11-15 in Fort Thomas, Florence, Edgewood, Newport and Burlington and is open to residents of Grant and surrounding counties.

Participants must be 50 years old by May 11.

“Grant County has had a few people participate each year,” said Tabatha Fryman, Grant County Parks and Recreation director and a member of the Senior Games steering committee.

Other events will include horseshoes, tennis, golf, football toss, corn hole, pickle ball, washer toss, track and field, snag golf, skittles, pop-a-shot, miniature golf, basketball, spin casting, frisbee toss, bocce ball and golf chipping.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each event in each age group for men and women.

If there are enough local participants for the Monday and Friday activities during the Senior Games, Fryman said the parks department will likely arrange transportation.

Pre-registration deadline is April 18 and a late fee is assessed after April 24.

For more information, call 428-4500 or go to http://www.ftthomas.org/Recreation/homepage.html to print an entry form.

A non-competitive, fun-filled Senior Games also will take place for the second consecutive year in Grant County.

The Senior Games, sponsored by Grant County Parks and Recreation, Body Works Gym and Humana Insurance, will be held monthly from April to August in Grant County.

A hundred seniors participated last year, Fryman said.

Events will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, April 24, May 22 and June 12, at Grant County Park in Crittenden.

Potential games include bingo, corn hole, frisbee toss and a recreational walk. Refreshments also will be offered.

During July and August, Body Works Gym will offer free memberships for seniors.

To attend, a person must be 50 years old by April 24.

To register, call Grant County Parks and Recreation at 428-4500.