The Sunflower State Games is pleased to announce that it has taken over operation of the Kansas Senior Games effective immediately. Formerly known as the Kansas Senior Olympics, the 2016 Kansas Senior Games will take place September 9-18 in Topeka. The Kansas Senior Games has been accepted as a full member of the National Senior Games Association, and will be a qualifying event for the 2017 National Senior Games set to take place in Birmingham, Alabama.
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, who previously conducted the Kansas Senior Olympics, will continue its relationship with the event through a partnership with the Sunflower State Games. “The Sunflower State Games has a long history of successfully running multi-sport competitions in Shawnee County and are quite capable of operating the Kansas Senior Games,” said Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Director, John Knight. “With their experience running athletic competitions, they are sure to take this event to new heights.”
The Kansas Senior Games is open to not only Kansans, but out of state residents as well. The event will consist of 17 different sports for ages 50+. Events include the following: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Racquetball, Race Walk, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. A tentative schedule and basic event information can be found online at sunflowergames.com. Complete event information will be released on March 1st, with registration set to open on May 1st. The 2016 Kansas Senior Games will open with the Celebration of Athletes on Friday, September 9th at Big Gage Shelter in Gage Park.
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to host the Kansas Senior Games,” said Executive Director, Mitch Gross. “We are committed to providing a quality experience for the 50+ population and look forward to utilizing the resources that we have in place to grow the event and increase participation.”
The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit organization based in Topeka. The multi-sport event is held annually in July and its purpose is to promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle for all Kansans through participation in sports. For more information, please visit www.sunflowergames.com.