KEYSER - Senior athletes from all over the state will once again be traveling to Keyser when Mineral County Aging & Family Services hosts its 16th annual Senior Olympics.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Senior athletes from all over the state will once again be traveling to Keyser when Mineral County Aging & Family Services hosts its 16th annual Senior Olympics.
The games, open to ages 55 and up, will kick off with the traditional torch walk on Tuesday, June 6, and conclude with the awards program on Friday, June 9.
Most of the events are held on the campus of Potomac State College.
Since launching the first Senior Olympics in 2007, Mineral County has hosted over 1,500 senior athletes, according to Scott Mallery, Aging & Gamily Services director.
“Our Senior Olympics philosophy is to provide activities for all seniors, regardless of age or athletic ability,” Mallery says. “From bocce to basketball and from bingo to the spelling bee, events are chosen to include the physical as well as the nonphysical activities. The variety of games ensures the accommodation of all skill levels and promotes an atmosphere of competition while still focusing on the importance of socialization.”
Mallery says the Olympics are possible only through the support of the community sponsors, the Aging & Family Services staff, and all the many volunteers who assist with the games.
The tentative schedule includes:
Tuesday:
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Registration at the Church-McKee Arts Center
Drop off baked goods and crafts to be judged
1 p.m. Welcome and torn walk with banners - Church-McKee
1:30 p.m.: Spelling bee - Church-McKee
2 p.m.: Bingo - Church-McKee
3 p.m.:  Auction of baked goods and crafts
6:30 p.m.: Dance and Social - Davis Conference Center
Wednesday:
8:15 a.m.: Track and field events - Stayman Field
1 p.m.: Indoor events - Church-McKee
5:30 p.m.: Picnic and entertainment - Keyser’s South End  Park
Thursday:
8:15 a.m.: Table games - University Place; bocce - Stayman Field
1 p.m.: Women’s basketball free throw and hot shot, golf putting - gymnasium; men’s billiards, ping pong and ladderball - Student Union.
2:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball free throw and hot shot, golf putting - gymnasium; women’s billiards, ping pong and ladderball - Student Union.
6:30 p.m.: Talent show - Church-McKee.
Friday:
8:30 a.m.: Bowling - Rainbow Lanes
11:30 a.m.: Banquet and Awards - Davis Conference Center.
For more information, contact Aging & Family Services at 304-788-5467 or smallery@wvaging.com.  An application and schedule of events can be found at wvaging.com.