NYS Senior Games Kick-off in Cortland Today; Over 1200 Participants Will Compete
The New York State Senior Games are kicking off in Cortland today the games run throughout the week.
Over 1200 seniors from across the state are in Cortland this week to take part in annual Olympic style games, now in their 32nd year.
According to Machell Phelps who heads up the local Regional Sports Council, local organizers took over the operation of the games in 2011 after the state announced it would not fund the event. Phelps says the games were headed to Rochester or Buffalo when local supporters intervened
Phelps says the games bring visitors to the community along with revenue to local businesses.
Phelps says organizers provide athletes with tickets to see a show at the Cortland Repertory Theater, their performance of the farce Boeing Boeing opens Wednesday night.
The athletes are 50 years or older, there are several different events. The week long games are expected to pump as much as a half a million dollars in to the area economy. Phelps says she hears from the athletes that they enjoy coming to Cortland.
Events take place around the community including the SUNY Cortland’s campus, Walden Oaks Country Club, Cort-Lanes Bowling Alley and Lime Hollow Nature Center.
For the first time this year the games will include a horseshoe competition at the Yellow Lantern Campground.
Phelps says there is still a lot of volunteer help needed; anyone interested in helping out can call 756-1864.
The games serve as a qualifier for the 2015 national senior games.