Registration open for Senior Olympics

Bill Cannon and Dottie Gray carry the torch at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 St. Louis Senior Olympics held at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur.  

St. Louis Senior Olympics, a regional competition for participants age 50 and older, is seeking applications for more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 to 27.

From basketball, bocce, soccer and softball to shuffleboard, tap dancing, tennis and track, Senior Olympics engage more than 1,100 athletes and participants, as well as hundreds of volunteers, at 14 venues across the St. Louis area.

“It’s truly a communitywide event that provides something meaningful for everyone who participates,” said Phil Ruben, director of St. Louis Senior Olympics. “We have serious competition, friendly games and performances. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages. And in the end, we have recognition, camaraderie and enduring friendships, all built around the spirit of this great event.”

To register, volunteer, view a list of events and venues, or to get more information, visit stlouisseniorolympics.org or call 314-442-3279. Registration forms also are available at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur and Chesterfield, select Schnucks and Dierbergs stores, St. Louis County Library branches and select YMCA locations. The deadline for early registration rates is Monday, April 14; final registration deadline is Monday, May 12.

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St. Louis Senior Olympics is sponsored in part by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, Missouri Baptist Hospital, AARP, Bergman Schraier & Co., Esse Health, Centene Corp., Mercy Hospital St. Louis and St. Luke’s Hospital.