The J seeks athletes, volunteers for Senior Olympics

The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes age 50 and older, is accepting applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 to 29.

Events include a variety of competitions, from basketball to bocce; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; tennis, track and tap dancing, and many others.

The St. Louis Senior Olympics, a program of the Jewish Community Center, engages more than 1,100 athletes and hundreds of volunteers at more than a dozen different venues across the St. Louis area. The events are open to competitors who are at least 50 years old. 

This year’s Senior Olympics will begin with a Family Kickoff Walk, a one-mile walk at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur, concluding with a party at the outdoor pool. Walkers (athletes, friends and families) will enjoy refreshments, live music, photo booth, and Senior Olympics games. 

“The St. Louis Senior Olympics is a community-wide event that provides something meaningful for everyone who participates,” said Phil Ruben, director of the games. “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 or volunteer, see a complete list of events and venues, or to get more information, visit or call 314-442-3279. Paper registration forms are available at the J in Creve Coeur and Chesterfield and various specialty stores and community organizations throughout the area. The deadline for early registration rates is April 16; final registration deadline is May 2.