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Salt River Majestics with their trophy, (l-r): Rueben Washington, Wanda White-Eyes, Chrysten Osif, Ethelene Ray, Vicky Anton Josie Duarte and Elmer Ray.

Salt River Majestics Place Third at AICOA Chair Volleyball Tournament

By Richie Corrales

Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Majestics chair volleyball team has won another trophy, this time the third-place trophy from the 2012 Arizona Indian Council on Aging (AICOA) Conference games, held in March 12-15 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson. The team placed third in the AICOA Chair Volleyball Tournament.

“It went well. There was a lot of competition [this year], the best I have seen thus far,” said Ethelene Ray, a member of the Majestics.

The Majestics was one of many teams from Indian communities throughout Arizona that competed in the chair volleyball tournament and other senior games during the conference. The team played five games before finally finishing in third place against the Sacaton Rebels of the Gila River Indian Community.

“We always place in the tournaments, especially AICOA, but one thing I can tell you is that we will plan to come in first place when the games are played here in Salt River,” said Josie Duarte of the Majestics.

The tournament was a double-elimination game and the team walked away with medals and a third-place trophy.

The annual AICOA Conference provides education and information to elders, individuals with special needs and caregivers about current issues facing American Indian seniors. It also serves as an opportunity for socializing, recreation and senior sports competitions. This year was the 24th annual conference.

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