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Hundreds of Macon County seniors and volunteers gathered at the county’s recreation park last Monday to kick off the 21st annual Macon County Senior Games. The ceremony welcomed several guest speakers, entertainment from Men Macon Music, and exhibitions by Tai Chi demonstrator Mary Ann Ingram. The event marked the beginning of another year of fun games and competition for local seniors.

The event gives seniors the opportunity to compete, have fun, and engage in rigorous exercise. Senior Games Coordinator Sarah Wilkins said that the games enable “our seniors to stay fit and allows them to be active in the community.” Wilkins also emphasized how the games are important in that, “it gives everyone involved the chance to show how much we care and appreciate our senior citizens who have done so much for us.”

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The 21st Annual Macon County Senior Games, hosted by the Macon County Recreation Department will be held April 18-May 14.

Senior Games is a yearround organization for fun and fellowship for anyone 55 years and older.

Seniors meet throughout the year for practice, ice cream socials, fund raisers, flea markets and fellowship, culminating in competition every spring.

Games include athletics, Silver Arts, and Silver Striders.

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The Junior League Tarheels powered through their season this year with a record of 15 wins and 0 losses.

They earned the titles of both regular season and tournament champs.

Shown with their trophies are:

 (front row, L-R) Vince Boyce, Case Robinson, Mathew McLeod, Trace Stamey;

(standing) Andrew Terrell, Logan Egan, Jason Jimenez, Hunter Jamison, Noah Stanley;

(back) Coach Brian Terrell and assistant coach Scotty Stanley.

Sunshine and sunny smiles were aplenty at this year's Macon County Special Olympics Games held at the Macon Middle School athletic field on Friday, April 8. More than 80 athletes participated in 15 different track and field events, including the long jump, the tennis ball throw, the softball throw, the 50 meter dash and the 10 meter assisted walk, just to name a few.

The Special Olympics gives children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be involved in athletic activities and competition which give them a sense of pride and belonging, keep them physically fit and bring them together with other members of the community.

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published: 10/18/2013
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