Masters Games  Free Day

Pictured are a few of last year’s Masters Games of Alabama medal winners from Fyffe Senior Center and other parts of DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County Transportation and Council on Aging will hold a Masters Games Free Day to allow senior residents to learn or practice several events that will be featured at the district and state Masters Games of Alabama events this summer.

Masters Games is a nonprofit organization with annual competitive events to encourage healthy physical lifestyles for Alabama residents over the age of 50. It includes nearly 30 sporting events such as checkers, Rook, dominoes, bowling, basketball free throw, pickleball, nine swimming events, shuffleboard, golf, 5K walk or run and many more.

On May 30, the COA will host the free event at the Wills Valley Recreation Center at 10 a.m. for DeKalb County residents over the age of 50. Events to participate in will include, checkers, Rook, Dominoes, basketball free throw, Cornhole, Pickleball, Nerfball Throw and Frisbee Throw. No pre-registraion is required.

Dianne and James Manning, of Fyffe, have participated in Masters Games for nearly a decade and were inducted into the Masters Games of Alabama Hall of Fame last year. The two encourage others to join in the local free day to see if the games are a good fit for them.

“I am looking forward to participating again this year in Masters Games,” Dianne Manning said. “It is a special time that allows seniors to take part in games and sports that challenge them both mentally and physically. Winning a ribbon or a medal gives you a great sense of accomplishment. It is events like Masters Games that help seniors to have a reason to stay in shape and stay healthy. I’m looking forward to the camaraderie we share with others across the state.”

In July, the District Games will have 18 different events, the cost is $10 per person and registration is due by June 11, 2019. Those that qualify at district will be eligible to compete at the State Games during the second week of October in Valley, Alabama. The cost is also $10 person, and some events will have extra fees. The following Masters Games events will not be played at the District Games in Huntsville, but will automatically qualify to compete at the State Games: Golf Singles, Golf 2-man-scramble, 5K Run/Walk, and 9 Swimming Events (25m, 50m, & 100m in Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle.” The COA will provide transportation to the official games this summer, McCamy said.

The goal of this month’s event is to let those interested try their hand at the various events and either determine whether they want to participate in the district and state games or to come and “play,” Emily McCamy, director of the COA and Masters Games of Alabama state board member, said.

For more information on this month’s Masters Games Free Day, or the official Masters Games, call (256) 845-8590 or email coa@DeKalbCountyAL.us.

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