For more than 30 years, seniors from Mecklenburg County who are "50 and better" have participated in the annual Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games. Beginning in April 2015, over 250 athletes and artists will participate in over 30 athletic events, as well as visual and performing artistic competitions.
Various venues in Mecklenburg County include:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Park 10 Lanes
Tyvola Senior Center
Crews Road Recreation Center
Marion Diehl Recreation Center
Alexander Graham Middle School
Levine Senior Center
Hawthorne Recreation Center
Mecklenburg Wildlife Club
Park Road Park
Rack 'Em Pub & Billiards
Levine Jewish Community Center
Tom Sykes Recrecation Center
The Vision of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games and SilverArts
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games is a private non-profit organization for people age fifty-five and older, committed to providing a comprehensive program of health and wellness through competitive athletic and artistic experiences.
To provide quality, competitive athletic experience for older adults. To participate with other organizations in increasing awareness of the importance of wellness and health improvement throughout one's lifetime. To participate in a statewide network of Senior Games and ultimately to provide older adult participants for annual state and national level competition. To encourage the development of a comprehensive year-round educational program on health and wellness for older adults.
Senior Games Creed THE VICTOR by C.W. Longenecker (Title and author identified in the 11-18-95 Ann Landers Article)
If you think you are beaten, you are If you think you dare not, you don't If you'd like to win, but you think that you can't It's almost a cinch that you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost For out in the world we find Success begins with a person's will-- It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you're outclassed, you are; You've got to think high to rise You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go To the strongest or fastest one; But sooner or later the one who wins, Is the one who thinks he can.
The Spirit of Senior Games I am pride in one's communityAnd its representation throughout the State; I am a smile or a hug From a new found friend;
I am the desire that inspires all that Are involved to give their very best; I am thankfulness for the gifts Of health and wellness that are mine;
I am love and support that touches People of all ages; I am the knowledge that every individual Is one of God's special creations;
I am the thread that unites each of us into one For this night and all the years to come; I am the Spirit of Senior Games!
Alice Keene North Carolina Senior Games State Finals, October, 1985