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Bluegrass Regional Boomer & Senior Games

Sept. 12: Berea College and Saint Joseph Hospital Berea hosted the Second Annual Bluegrass Regional Boomer and Senior Games to engage persons who are fifty years old or older in sports activities.

Bluegrass Regional Boomer & Senior Games

Athletic events included badminton, basketball (3 on 3), cycling (10 & 20K), golf (18 holes), racquetball, swimming, track & field and tennis (singles, doubles & mixed doubles).

While this year’s Regional Boomer and Senior Games didn’t draw as many participants as last year, the event was was held successfully.

Lending its origins to the National Senior Games of 2007, hosted in Louisville, KY, the Regional Boomer and Senior Games got their start here at Berea with Bluegrass Area Development Aging Program Assistant Randy Lawson’s desire to reach the part of the population that he felt wasn’t given sufficient attention — the baby boomers of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Berea's Director of Intergenerational Center Paula Woodman also expressed her desire for an outreach program of the same sort and ultimately worked with Berea College’s Physical Education Department to host the games.

Employing the help of Berea's Kelly Ambrose, Sandy Williams, John Mills, Allen Jackson, J.B. Barrett, Susan Spalding, Joy Hager, and Melody Srsic, Physical Education Professor Dr. Martha Beagle organized this and last year’s Regional Boomer and Senior Games.

Over 100 Berea College students helped organize different events under the supervision of Assistant Professor Melody Srsic.

Hosted on September 12th in the Seabury Center and all of its facilities, the day was full of inspiration and awe, said Dr. Beagle.

"Smiling faces and sunny dispositions were everywhere. Standing on the track watching the track and field competition unfold, a sense of pride rolled in with the morning fog, persisting the entire day where ever participants were found.

"It was truly moving to watch a generation of competitors overcome personal records and perform. Blue shirts marking the athletes and yellow shirts identifying the volunteer staff of students and Berea citizens mingled and worked together with harmony," she said.

Dr. Martha Beagle also expressed her gratitude to the Boomers and Seniors and Berea College students.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for Berea College students and the entire day could not have happened without them.”

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