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River’s Bend wins trophies at 2013 Senior Olympics

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 07:19 AM

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Nine residents from South Point’s River’s Bend Health Care took part in the 2013 Regional Senior Olympic games on Sept. 12. Accompanied by staff and family members, the group left early and traveled to Lucasville, Ohio, for a day of competition, entertainment, activities, food and fellowship.

Organized by Pleasant Hill Manor of Piketon, the annual event at the Scioto County Fairgrounds drew nearly 1,000 participants and caregivers from 55 facilities representing 12 counties in Ohio and three from Kentucky. River’s Bend Health Care was one of four facilities in Lawrence County to participate.

“Our residents look forward to the Senior Olympics every year,” Brenda Whitt, River’s Bend activities director, said in a news release. “It’s very well organized, and the whole day is filled with great entertainment and activities. We always have a wonderful time.”

The day began with a welcome, a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by lighting of the Olympic flame. Games began immediately after the opening ceremony and continued throughout the afternoon. Competitive games included checkers, dominoes, bowling, basketball and penny pitching.

There was music and entertainment all day, horse-drawn wagon rides, bingo, paintball shooting, face painting, glamour photos, clowns and balloon sculptures. Kettle corn, hot dogs and hamburgers were served.

Elvis impersonator Patrick Johnson put on a rousing show, mingled with the fans afterward and had his picture taken with everyone who asked for one. Linda McCoy, activities assistant at River’s Bend, was the lucky fan who caught Elvis’ white scarf when he threw it into the crowd.

Participants won prizes, and everyone who competed was awarded a trophy.