For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Heather Weishaar, IPRA
Hundreds of Active Adults to Participate in 38th Annual Six-County Senior Games
La Grange, IL – Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) member Teresa Grodsky has been organizing the Six-County Senior Games for 38 years. She has seen sports trends come and go, from shuffle board and archery to bowling and pickleball. Volleyball has seen a surge in registrations this year, with 15 teams registered, and this year’s oldest participant is a 101 year old from Chicago’s northwest side – he will compete in softball throw, basketball free throw, billiards, bags, table tennis AND wii bowling! Grodsky works with a committee to plan the event, which takes about six months. The two months prior are the busiest, securing event locations and lining up volunteers.
Consistently hosting over 500 participants, the IPRA Annual Six-County Senior Games provides an opportunity for active adults to compete with their peers in an atmosphere of friendship and support, and to receive recognition for their efforts and achievements. There are both individual and team events, held July 8-31, 2019 at locations throughout Chicagoland. Spectators are welcome – all venues have space to accommodate those who would like to watch and cheer on the athletes. Visit ILipra.org for information.
‘The Six-County Senior Games is a great event where active adults of all ages can get together to compete in a wide variety of events. It is inspirational to see the participants striving to do their personal best, and have fun while they are doing it.’ – Teresa Grodsky, Event Chair.
‘On behalf of IPRA, we are thrilled to once again host the Six County Senior Games. This event allows us to serve over 500 seniors annually over the course of 16 days in a way that supports health and fitness, social engagement, and community engagement. We wish all the athletes the best of luck as they pursue these exciting games.’ – Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director.
About the Illinois Park and Recreation Association
Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please call us or visit the IPRA website: www.ILipra.org.