Senior Olympics kickoff this week at Jewish Community Center


Bill Motchan, Special For The Jewish Light

The 42nd St. Louis Senior Olympics will kick off Thursday, May 26 with opening ceremonies and a vendor fair from 1-4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center’s  Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building parking lot. The ceremonies will also include a dance exhibition and giveaways.

This year, 625 athletes have registered for the Senior Olympics. All entrants must be at least 50 years old.

Steve Domahidy chucks the javelin during the 2009 St. Louis Senior Olympics. The annual games take place over Memorial Day Weekend.

On Friday, May 27, events begin at 8 a.m., continuing Saturday and Sunday. Most of the competition takes place at the J. Track and field events will take place on the final day (Memorial Day, Monday, May 30) at the Principia School track at 13201 Clayton Road. A complete schedule of events is available here. The venue map is available here.

The Senior Olympics still needs volunteers for next weekend. You can sign up to volunteer here.

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The St. Louis Senior Olympics

The St. Louis Senior Olympics (SLSO) is a highly visible and organized event, involving more than 1,200 athletes, 300 volunteers, and 9 venues across the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. The amazing participants are “newbies” and veterans, competitive and fun-seekers, and they join us from nearly 150 neighborhoods across 12 states! The St. Louis Games is known as one of the premier Senior Olympics events in the nation. Its continued success is due to the incredible support received from corporate sponsors, community partners, longtime participants, and dedicated volunteers who share in the excitement and camaraderie that is felt during those days of competition.

From basketball to bocce; soccer, softball, and shuffleboard; to tap dancing, tennis, and track – the 90 events are open to everyone, so long as the athletes are at least 50 years old as of December 31, 2022 – and there is no maximum age!

“The whole community gets involved with the St. Louis Senior Olympics. Grandparents and parents compete, while children and grandchildren volunteer. Brothers play together, fathers and daughters play together. Grandsons shag balls for grandmothers,” said Stephanie Rhea, event coordinator for the event. “The competition is great, but the comradery is incredible. Strangers cheer for each other. Everyone wants to do their best and see others do their best. It is a perfect example of what lifelong fitness should look like.”