Released: May 8, 2023
The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) and the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Department are finalizing preparations for the 2023 Delaware County Senior Games, the popular Olympic-style competition that allows senior athletes and active older residents a chance to showcase their athletic skills and compete for medals in a variety of sporting events. The games run from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23.
Hundreds of Delaware County senior athletes ages 50 and older, hailing from many of the County’s 49 municipalities and representing a wide range of skill levels and competitiveness, will compete in a variety of sporting events that include track & field, swimming, golf, bowling, table tennis, bocce, corn hole, horseshoes, and pickleball. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in every age category and all participating seniors and volunteers receive a free Senior Games t-shirt.
The 2023 Senior Games will kick off with Pickleball at the Brandywine Youth Club in Concord and with Bocce at Rose Tree Park on June 12, followed by various events Monday through Friday for the next 10 days. Residents of every skill level are encouraged to participate.
Sponsored by Delaware County Council, and hosted by COSA and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the games encourage older residents to stay socially and physically active throughout the year and achieve their personal best. The games also foster friendships among the athletes. Physical activity, even moderate, can help seniors by improving mental capacity, preventing disease, improving healing, increasing balance, and increasing life expectancy.
Marc Manfre, Director of Parks and Recreation and Barbara S. Nicolardi, Director of COSA, will again serve as co-chairs of the long running games.
“Marc and I are excited to kick off this year’s Senior Games in just a little over a month and we’re expecting our participation numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels,” said COSA Director Nicolardi. “We’re anticipating really fun games this year and encourage our seniors to register and come out and have fun.”
The Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County—again partnering with the games by hosting the swimming events at Ridley High School—is offering athletes a free one-month membership at one of three local YMCA’s to help competitors prepare for the games. In addition, a Winner’s Circle Luncheon celebration will be held at the Drexelbrook Event Center on Monday, July 10, 2023.
Registration is required for all events. Registration for the games is $15 and is open to all Delaware County residents 50 and older ($20 for non-residents). Registration forms, schedules, and more information on the games are available at the Parks and Recreation Office in Rose Tree Park, at local libraries, senior centers and online at www.delcoseniorgames.org. For a direct link to the 2023 Senior Games schedule, click here.
Residents can also call the Parks and Recreation Department at (610) 891-4663 or COSA at (610) 490-1300 to get more information and also to register.
Delaware County has also created a fun video to help inspire our seniors to lace up their shoes and get moving for the upcoming games and in their everyday lives. The video can be accessed on the County’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGmL5y3A3W4.
For more information about the Senior Games, please go to www.DelcoSeniorGames.org or call (610) 891-4455.