The 42n/a St. Louis Senior Olympics will begin Thursday, May 26 with opening ceremonies and a vendor fair from 1-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building at the Jewish Community Center. The ceremonies will also include a dance display and gifts.
This year, 625 athletes registered for the Senior Olympics. All participants must be at least 50 years old.
On Friday, May 27, events begin at 8 a.m., continuing Saturday and Sunday. Most of the competition takes place at the J. The athletics events will take place on the final day (Memorial Day, Monday May 30) at the Principia School track at 13201 Clayton Road. A full calendar of events is available here. The site plan is available here.
The Senior Olympics still needs volunteers for next weekend. You can register as a volunteer here.
The St. Louis Senior Olympics
The St. Louis Senior Olympics (SLSO) is a highly visible and organized event, involving over 1,200 athletes, 300 volunteers and 9 venues in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The incredible participants range from “newbies” and veterans, competitors and fun-seekers, and they join us from nearly 150 neighborhoods in 12 states! The St. Louis Games are known as one of the premier senior Olympics events in the country. Its continued success is due to the incredible support received from corporate sponsors, community partners, long-time participants and dedicated volunteers who share the excitement and camaraderie felt during these days of competition.
From basketball to petanque; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; tap, tennis and athletics – the 90 events are open to all, provided the athletes are at least 50 years old on December 31, 2022 – and there is no maximum age!
“The whole community is involved in the Senior Olympics in St. Louis. Grandparents and parents compete, while children and grandchildren volunteer. Brothers play together, fathers and daughters play together. Grandsons play ball for grandmas,” said Stephanie Rhea, event coordinator. “The competition is great, but the camaraderie is incredible. Foreigners encourage each other. Everyone wants to do their best and see others do their best. It’s a perfect example of what lifelong fitness should look like.