Polk Senior Games begins Jan. 2 and the games, scheduled for Feb. 22-March 10.
It offers a two-week series of 99 Olympic-style events in 38 athletic and recreational sports.
It normally attracts nearly 2,500 men and women, 50 and older, with a variety of skills – the serious competitor, the fun at heart, the seasoned athlete, the late bloomer, and the physically challenged. The purpose of the Games is to promote friendly competition, fellowship, health and wellness, an active lifestyle, and volunteerism.
Competition, held at various locations throughout Polk County, is offered in Archery, Badminton, Bag Toss, Basketball Shooting, Basketball 3 on 3, Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Bridge, Checkers, Chess, Cribbage, Ballroom and Social Dancing, Square Dancing, Darts, Euchre, Field Events, Fishing, Fly Casting, Golf - 18 Hole and Putt & Chip, Horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, Pepper, Pickleball, Powerlifting, Punt Pass Kick, Racquetball, Road Race 5K, Scrabble, Senior Smarts, Shooting – Rifle, Skeet and Trap, Shuffleboard, Softball, Sudoku, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track, and Walking. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each event and age division.
The individual entry fee is $10 for the first event and $3 for each additional event up to a maximum of $28. Fees for team sports are $125 for Softball and $50 for Basketball 3 on 3. There is also a $25 facility fee for 18-Hole Golf, a $3.50 facility fee per event for Bowling, a $5 range fee for Archery and a $5 range fee for Skeet and Trap Shooting.
Everyone gets a specially designed T-shirt. A free Closing Celebration for participants, family and friends is scheduled at The Lakeland Center on Monday, March 10 and includes goody bags, health fair, special awards, door prizes and entertainment.
To request an entry or for more information contact Executive Director Deena Wilbur at 515 E. Boulevard St., Bartow or by calling 863-533-0055, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.