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North Carolina Senior Games is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 55 years of age and better. State Finals provides fun, fitness and fellowship for people of all ages.
North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. For many years, North Carolina seniors have been running, walking, swimming, bowling and dancing their way to health and happiness. Senior Games began in North Carolina in 1983 with a mission of creating a year-round health promotion program for adults 55 years of age and better. Now each spring, thousands of seniors have the opportunity for fun and fitness in 53 Local Games held throughout North Carolina. Each Local Game is sanctioned by NCSG annually to ensure quality planning, community coordination and the use of consistent rules and policies statewide. All 100 counties in our state are served. Senior Games is much more than friendly competition in sports and the arts. The idea is to encourage people to stay active, renew old skills, learn new ones, and exercise a positive outlook on life. In 2004, over 50,000 participants in our state enjoyed Senior Games programs. Our participants tell us they are involved in Senior Games programs for fun, fitness, family and fellowship. This intergenerational and family focus is prevalent as people of all ages strive to maintain or improve their health. Participants choose from more than 64 sports and arts activities. The winners from the Local Games qualify for the annual State Finals held the following fall. Every two years, State Finals athletic winners qualify for the National Senior Games. The North Carolina Senior Games office is headquartered in Raleigh and supported by contributions from participants, volunteers, businesses and state government. A small staff promotes our mission year-round by offering programs and services that improve the quality of life for North Carolinians. And the fun doesn't stop at the finish line! Senior Games offers statewide workshops, leadership training for ambassadors, educational materials, and health information. SilverArts offers an opportunity for visual, literary, heritage, and performing arts skills to be showcased and judged. An annual conference; a quarterly newsletter; SilverStriders, the statewide walking program for seniors; and SilverLiners, the statewide senior line dancing association are offered year-round. The highly visible Senior Games program is a fun and challenging program for participants, staff, spectators, and communities across the Tar Heel state. Whether you participate in the athletic events, SilverArts, SilverLiners or SilverStriders, you're sure to have one of the best times of your life. Thank you for joining us for this celebration of the human spirit.
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