Board Members

Lyvette Mosley

Coordinator


Southern Ohio Senior Games


Gary Roberts

Chairman


Family Medical Centers Director
Ironton Lawrence Community
Action Partnership


Libby Brisker

Secretary


Scioto County Coordinator of RSVP


Gina Collinsworth


Chief Public Relations Officer
Compass Community Health
and The Counseling Center


Kim Bauer


Executive Director of
Portsmouth-Scioto County
Visitors Bureau


Wendi Waugh


Southern Ohio Medical
Center & Portsmouth Connex


Marcy Kristian

Finance Director


Finance Director of
Scioto County ADAMHS


Mary Arnzen


Southern Ohio Medical Center


How Senior Olympics Began

In the mid-1960s the National Recreation Association, now known as the National Recreation and Parks Association, developed a program theme titled “Lifetime Sports”. This theme supported the concept that emphasis should be placed on getting individuals involved in sports in which they could compete throughout their life span. As the Lifetime Sports concept developed across the country in the mid-1970s, middle aged amateur athletes of the mid-1960s were becoming mature senior athletes.

Beginning in California in the early 1970s, the birth of a new athletic competition occurred. This competition was unique because it was limited to those athletes ages 55 and over. The Senior Games movement spread from California to many other states. As a result of this nationwide participation, a national competition was begun called the U.S. National Senior Sports Classic, now called The National Senior Games. The first national competition was held in St. Louis in 1987 and attracted 2,500 athletes.

The National Senior Games Association, formerly known as the U.S. National Senior Sports Organization, is responsible for the biennial Summer National Senior Games and for promoting healthy lifestyles for older adults through education, fitness and sport.

The Summer National Senior Games are held in odd numbered years (2013, 2015, etc.). At the most recent national competition, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2015, 10,000 athletes competed in 19 sporting events. Ages ranged from 50 to 100!

Senior Olympics in Ohio

Senior Olympics began in Ohio in 1979. The games have grown over the years, but the purpose remains the same — to promote healthy lifestyles and physical activity for Ohioans age 50 and over and to provide top quality athletic competition.

Regional games are held each year at sites around Ohio. The sponsoring organization of each regional games determines which events will be offered as well as the schedule and fees for those events. Since each games exist autonomously, events offered around the state vary. Most regional games offer at least some of the events from the schedule of events of The National Senior Games, in addition to favorite events of the region.

In addition to regional/local games, each year there is a state Senior Olympics competition, called Ohio Senior Olympics. The state games are open to all athletes competing at the regional/local level. Ohio’s state games are also open to athletes from outside of Ohio.

To compete at The National Senior Games, athletes must compete and qualify in their chosen event. Qualifying criteria varies from event to event, but is established in advance of the qualifying state games by The National Senior Games Association.

The Senior Olympics movement in Ohio is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of games coordinators from around the state and “at-large” representatives. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss games’ business and set policies for the statewide movement.

Locations

Portsmouth Welcome Center
342 2nd Street

Portsmouth, OH 45662


Sunset Bowling Lanes

2330 17th Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


SOMC Life Center

1202 18th Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


SSU Aquatics Center

834 Front Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


Portsmouth City Schools Track & Field

724 Findley Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


Portsmouth City Schools Gym
1002 9th Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


Sherman Park

512 Sherman Park
Chillicothe, OH 45601