Jean Grayson - Head of Speakers Bureau Jean has been an active volunteer since 1985, serving in many capacities. Jean is a member of the Board of Directors, Ambassador, Cheerleader and participant. Jean competes in almost every event that the games has to offer and always does it with a smile. Jean is one of the most outgoing ambassadors we have and champions the games everywhere she goes. Jean credits the games with keeping her in great shape by getting her out walking and exercising, eating properly, staying active and just having fun.Jean heads our speakers bureau and would love to come and talk to your group about Senior Games.
Brian came to NC about 15 years ago on a company transfer and decided to retire here. He got involved in Senior Games because he needed to strengthen his immune system after some prolonged chemotherapy. Brian was attracted to the Senior Badminton program at Marion Diehl Center as it was something he played in his Junior Church League in the mid 1940's. The sport of badminton is not well known in the USA, but since those early beginings I am now happy to report that we have active senior programs in Mooresville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Gastonia and Matthews. Living in Huntersville Brian prefers to limit his Ambassador activities to North of Harris Boulevard.
Hattie has participated in senior games for 22 years, doing everything from competing in croquet and three-on-three basketball to jumping into a cheerleading squad encouraging other senior athletes. Her basketball team has competed at the national level multiple times. In 2003 she and her team won a Bronze Medal. She also has served as a N.C. Senior Games ambassador, speaking at church clubs, senior centers and nursing homes, educating her peers about the organization and how it promotes healthy lifestyles.
Ken Remley Ken has competed in sports "forever" and became interested in Senior Games when a friend invited him to watch. Ken has competed in badminton since 2003 and became even more enthused when he learned that archery was one of the offered sports. Ken hadnít shot since the late 1950's. He has competed in two National Senior Games competitions, winning the archery Gold medal in the 2007 Louisville Games. In 2009 Ken became a N.C. Senior Games Ambassador and also assisted C/M Senior Games in adding archery to our wide array of offered activities. Ken and Carol speak to senior groups together and are available throughout the year.
Carol Remley Carol has played golf since 1983 and although pegged by her family as "not very athletic", she was attracted to the Senior Games when she observed everyone having so much fun, she wanted to be a part of that. Carol has been a volunteer with the Senior Games since 2004. She plays badminton and along with husband, Ken, started badminton play at the Stowe YMCA in Mt. Holly. Carol competes in archery and became a N.C. Senior Games Ambassador in 2009. She and Ken are available to speak with senior groups year round.
Peter has been participating in the Senior Games since 2008 at the local, state and national level. Even though he is very competitive and won the silver medal in racketball at the National Senior Games in 2009, his greatest satisfaction is the fun of participation. He has played badminton, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, football toss and basketball shooting. This year, he is entering the Silver Arts games with his first poem. Life is good!
Cathey Franklin is a Charlotte native who has had a life long interest in health and fitness. She began participating in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games in 2009 and also participated in the State finals in 2009 and 2011. Her Senior Games Activities include swimming, track and field, badminton, literary arts, and Silver Arts (clog dancing).
As an Ambassador, Cathey hopes to spread the word far and wide that participation in the Senior Games will be an avenue to fun, fitness, and fellowship for all participants. One is continually challenged to better his or her abilities. Cathey feels that participation in the Sr. Games has helped her to do even better in her chosen activities. She encourages all potential participants age 55 and better to check us out and get involved; there is something for everyone!
Michelle Hitselberger, Executive Director Shepherd’s Center South and co-founder of Leisure University & Travel joined Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games Board 2010. She has been been an advocate and supporter of senior adults in Mecklenburg County and surrounding communities for the past 24 years. Support for Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games and Silver Arts began when she had Ambassadors come to speak and “cheer” on the seniors in her organization while Director of Senior Adult and Community Recreation Programs at Matthews United Methodist Church, Matthews, NC. Having worked with senior adults organizations within non-profit, for profit and government agencies over the past 24 years, her passion is to provide quality programs and empower seniors to stay active. With a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Mgt she has a vision to see all senior groups educated in the fun, fitness and cultural opportunities Senior Games has to offer.
Little Big Eagle
Senior Ambassador, Little Big Eagle was born in New York City. He has been a professional musician, champion kick boxer, certified dog and horse trainer, ordained Christian minister, life skills teacher, drug education instructor and proprietor of The Love & Happiness Ranch, a nonprofit faith based outreach program he created to provide culturally diverse youth and senior programs in the Charlotte area. When not preforming with his band (including his native flute and other instruments) and other ventures he enjoys participating in Senior Games and making new friends.
Little Big Eagle
A native of Elizabethtown, NC, Valerie is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and Howard University with a B.A. & M.A. in Communication Arts. Currently, serving as Human Resources Director at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, she enjoys cycling, gardening and motivating others to continue strengthening their minds and bodies.