ELMIRA, NY (WETM) — The Chemung County Senior Games have been going on for two weeks now and Friday’s event was volleyball.
Chemung County seniors took to the field to serve and shoot in today’s Chemung County senior games event. Sid Whitney said she was here to win.
“We try to play for fun, but both teams want to win, and we don’t win, we’re going to pretend it was a practice game,” Whitney said.
The fiery athletes contested three sets to 25 points, the best two winners out of three.
“It’s for fun…most of these people I didn’t know before I retired and came here, so it’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of different people,” Thurman Blanchard said.
It’s this camaraderie that makes these games so fun.
“A lot of these athletes have been at the Games for over a decade… the camaraderie is a big part of that,” said Carol Morton, Senior Games Project Coordinator.
Other events include pickleball, archery, bowling, shuffleboard, golf, and more.
“Some of the seniors who play softball are 90 years old… Most of my athletes are 70 and older,” Morton said.
Organizers say the games are an initiative to keep older people active and healthy.
“The longer they stay active, the better… It really helps them keep going and makes the rest of their lives a lot easier,” Morton said.
The 2022 Chemung County Senior Games are scheduled until June 16. There are still vacancies at the events, and if you would like to join, contact the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long-Term Care.