- Posted July 1, 2014 by
Veterans Compete in Swimming at the Golden Age Games
Thomas Tierney, New York army Veteran
Veterans from across the country are gathered on the University of Arkansas campus to compete in the largest sports and recreational event for senior military Veterans.
More than 700 Veterans ages 55 and older are set to compete in the 28th National Veterans Golden Age Games sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS).
Competitive events begin June 29 and run through July 2. The Games kick off with opening ceremonies at the University of Arkansas’ Barnhill Arena on June 29 at 10 a.m.
“At VHSO we are very excited to show our support for our Veteran athletes, and we invite the community to come out and cheer them on during this competition,” said Dr. Mark Enderle, Director, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO), this year’s host. “The Veterans joining us in competition this year are truly an inspiration and remind us of the power of healthy living and physical activity, regardless of age.”
Participants will compete in 15 events, including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, field events and air rifles. The community is invited to watch the events.
The National Veterans Golden Age Games are a qualifier for the National Senior Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Through this VA and USOC partnership, gold, silver and bronze medalists in select events have the opportunity to compete further among America’s elite senior athletes.
The event is open to all U.S. military Veterans ages 55 or older who are currently receiving care at a VA medical facility.
Learn more about the event online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov