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2017 Salt River Senior Games

Seniors from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community compete in competitive Chair Volleyball against other tribal communities

Competitive seniors put on their comfortable shoes and clothing as they headed to Salt River’s Pi-Copa Gym to compete in the 2017 Salt River Senior Olympics on March 23 and 24.

About 300 seniors from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and invited seniors from the sister tribes participated in individual games, such as the famous chicken throw, the timed obstacle course, basketball shooting, tee ball, the horseshoe throw, cup stacking and beanbag toss. On the 24th, the chair volleyball tournament took place.

Salt River Majestics participated and faced teams from Gila River and Ak-Chin.
During the event’s first day, seniors enjoyed breakfast and visiting with each other, catching up with faraway relatives and old friends. At lunch, everyone enjoyed entertainment from the Senior Steppers, famous for their dance routines, followed by an awards assembly.

Outside the Community Building was a Horse Shoe competition. Eldon Moore participates in the timed Obsticle Course inside the Pi-Copa Gym.
On the second day, six games took place at the same time during the tournament and just about every senior participated. This year, JuJu Dom took home the championship and the Fort McDowell Baia’s were the runners-up.

“I enjoy participating in the Senior Olympics to socialize, meet up with old friends, and make new ones,” said Rebecca Collins. “This year, the games were organized a lot better than previous years, which made the event run smooth and quick. I enjoyed watching all the other seniors do their best in every event and amazed to see what seniors can accomplish. The laughter and smiles show the Olympics were a success. The staff (that make the Olympics possible) was hilarious at times, which made the seniors laugh even louder. The breakfast and lunch are nutritious and the entertainment is always enjoyable.

Seniors participate in games that everyone can play including the timed Cup Stacking game.
This year, bingo was added in the evening and the turnout was great; everyone had a good time. I believe that laughter and movement are good for your health and well being. All seniors should take advantage of participating in the Senior Olympics. “

Every year, seniors from tribal communities throughout the state participate in the Senior Olympics.

Everyone went outside to see who could throw the farthest in the Chicken Throw Competition.