GENESEE COUNTY – Seniors can beat the winter blues and show off their skills during the 2023 Genesee County Senior Winter Games.
The Senior Winter Games, a county tradition since 1978, will return in February after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Sixteen senior centers will work together to host and/or coordinate over 30 sporting events and activities ranging from pickleball and billiards to ladder golf and line dancing and many card games in between.
Registration for the games opened on November 7th and runs until January 12th.
Misty Moen, executive director of Grand Blanc Senior Center and president of the 2023 Winter Games Committee for Seniors, said the Games give seniors a chance to remain physically active during the monotony of winter and to reconnect with friends from other senior centers.
“What else do you have to do in February when it’s cold, rainy and snowing?” she said. “There is no better time for our seniors to get out and engage with others in friendly competition. We would love to come back and look forward to good participation.”
The Senior Winter Games begin at 1:00 p.m. on February 6 with an opening ceremony at Davison Senior Center. Refreshments will be served and comedian Evelyn Smallbladder will provide entertainment.
Moen said seniors can look forward to the return of many popular events in 2023, including the Senior Grand Prix (model car racing) at Davison Senior Center, a free throw competition at Brennan Senior Center in Flint, a Spelling Bee at Flushing Area Senior Center and miniature golf at Clio Senior center.
Several events are also held at locations outside of the senior centers, including bowling at Richfield Bowl, a fitness walk at Dort Mall, men’s and women’s pool at Sharky’s Sports Bar in Burton, and pickleball at Richfield Church of the Nazarene.
“There’s a lot of mind games and a general focus on health and fitness,” Moen said. “It is also an all-round offer from our senior centers with educational and social aspects.”
During the Games, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the best in each sport by age and/or sex division. A closing ceremony for the Games will be held at 11am on March 6th at St. John Parish Hall in Davison
Aside from the competitive spirit, the organizers hope to promote camaraderie and lasting memories for the area’s seniors.
“The main focus of the events is fun,” said Moen. “Seniors are very excited to be able to watch and cheer on each other. It’s a very cool experience.”
The Senior Winter Games are open to residents of Genesee County who are 50 years of age and older. Registration forms and event schedules are available at each of the county’s participating senior centers. Registration is $12 per senior and includes entry to all competitions, a Senior Winter Games t-shirt, and entry to the opening and closing ceremonies.