Houston to host Senior Games

In 100 days, the 2011 Summer National Senior Games, presented by Humana, will begin 15 days of Olympic-style competition for athletes 50 years and older here in the Houston area.

More than 10,000 athletes from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries will compete in more than 800 events at 14 different locations in and around Houston from June 16-30.

“The pressure is really on,” said DJ Mackovets, president and CEO of the Houston Local Organizing Committee, which is staging the Games. “With venues from League City to Humble, and as far west as Katy, the logistics are complicated, to say the least. Not to mention recruiting 4-thousand volunteers and building 16 tennis courts inside the George R. Brown Convention Center,” he added.

The largest multi-sport event in the world for athletes 50 and older, the Summer National Senior Games will kick off on June16 at Discovery Green with the Flame Arrival Ceremony following a nine–day torch relay around Texas.

On June 21, flags of all the states and NSGA associate members will be on parade at the Celebration of Athletes in Toyota Center. The combination opening and closing ceremony will honor the commitment and dedication to a healthy, active lifestyle of all those who are participating in this year’s Games.

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