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Celebrating 40 Years: Michigan Senior Olympics

Any event that brings community together to pursue physical activity and health is one we want to celebrate. The Michigan Senior Olympics has been providing an opportunity for those 50+ to compete in their favorite sports for 40 exemplary years and the festivities – and competitions – kick off this Friday, Aug. 9.

The community is invited to the opening ceremony from 6-8 p.m. at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills. Food, live music, a torch lighting ceremony and more are planned to provide a proper kickoff to the 40th year of summer competition.

Athletes 50 and older will compete in events such as archery, basketball, racquetball, softball, swimming, track & field, cycling and more in venues throughout Oakland and Macomb counties Aug. 9-18. Seniors can qualify for national games at the event to represent the Great Lakes state.

The idea behind the Michigan Senior Olympics is to enhance quality of life for seniors by “providing and developing programs in physical fitness, nutrition and enhancing mental strength and sports skill.” Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has been a proud sponsor of the event for many years.

We believe that aging can be healthy and inspiring. The Michigan Senior Olympics are visual proof that seniors can accomplish amazing feats of physical strength, agility and speed. Come out and support them at this year’s opening ceremonies or check out athletes from across the state in your favorite sport – you’re guaranteed to be inspired to keep going and maybe strive for your own medal moment in the future.

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