Age is just a number
HUNTINGTON -- The sisters of St. Mary's Medical Center and former Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett carried the torch to help kick off the West Virginia Senior Games Wednesday in Huntington.
St. Mary's Medical Center will present the games Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22, in locations around the area. The competition allows men and women 50 and older to compete in 11 age categories in 17 different sports: golf, tennis, bowling, badminton, table tennis, shuffleboard, pickleball, racquetball, horseshoes, swimming, track and field, archery, 5K road race, 10K cycling, basketball, volleyball and softball.
Thursday will start off the games with golf and tennis.
Sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association, the 2014 games are qualifiers for the 2015 national games in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. The WV Senior Games are open, meaning competitors do not have to live in West Virginia to participate. This year, more than 300 athletes from 14 different states will be competing.
Wednesday's torch run began at St. Mary's with Sister Diane Bushee, St. Mary's vice president for mission and integration, and Sister Mary Grace Barile, special assistant to the CEO of Pallottine Health Services. Pruett finished the run and lit the Senior Games Cauldron at the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event featured remarks from Pruett, Mayor Steve Williams, Tyson Compton, president of the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Nancy Cartmill of the Cabell County Commission and Arg McMillon, president of the games' Board of Directors.
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