For the first time in 28 years, the Pasadena Senior Center has had to cancel the Pasadena Senior Games that feature adults 50 to 99+ who display their athletic abilities during an annual series of about 20 competitive, Olympic-style individual and team events throughout Los Angeles County.
According to Annie Laskey, the center’s events director, the cancelation does not prevent them from celebrating and honoring the athletes who would have participated this year if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are among the most vulnerable for contracting the virus.
The virtual celebration via Zoom is scheduled Saturday, July 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. Athletes, Laskey and others will share photos and videos from past years, fitness tips will be offered by Pasadena Senior Games sports commissioners and athletes, and friendships forged over the years will be rekindled.
“Every year the Pasadena Senior Games promotes healthy lifestyles for older adults through education, fitness and the spirited competition of sports,” said Laskey. “These remarkable athletes are shining examples that good health, socialization and optimism all contribute to healthy lifestyles, so we all remain confident that next year they will be able to compete again.”
Athletes are invited to display or wear their medals, T-shirts and/or other memorabilia from prior Pasadena Senior Games during the Zoom celebration.
Friends and families of athletes, the Pasadena community and others are welcome to join in the celebration.
To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events, call (626) 795-4331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone who registers online will receive email instructions for accessing the Zoom celebration.
For more information about Pasadena Senior Center programs and services, including more online options for classes, events and activities during the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults by the city of Pasadena, so its doors remain open five days a week for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this period are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.