Older Veterans Gear Up for Golden Age Games

Wheelchair athlete at VA Golden GamesThis week the 26th National Veterans Gold Age Games kicks off in St. Louis, where more than 700 veterans age 55 and older with a wide range of abilities and disabilities will compete in 14 events.

“Through this rehabilitative athletic event, VA strives to introduce older veterans to the benefits of sports and recreation,” said Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “These athletes will showcase their skills, mental toughness and physical fitness at the games.”

Among the competitive events are swimming, cycling, golf, track and field, bowling and table tennis. The games are designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans.

“An active lifestyle is vital to everyone’s health and well-being, and can serve as one of the best tools to health maintenance as well as disease prevention,” said Marilyn Iverson, director of Veterans Canteen Service, a co-sponsor of the games.

The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. May 31 at America’s Center, America’s Ballroom. The closing ceremony is at 7 p.m. June 5 at the same location. Competitive events are scheduled June 1-5. The games serve as a qualifying event for the National Senior Olympics.

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