Brooklyn’s elders get competitive during annual Senior Games

The New York City Parks Department’s second annual Brooklyn Senior Games kicked off earlier this week, bringing with it a fun-filled series of events for seniors looking to get competitive.

The games commenced on Monday, May 8, with a torch relay that originated from McCarren Recreation Center in Greenpoint. Seniors passed the torch before making a stop at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where they were cheered on by local community members and politicians. The torch relay continued on the morning of Tuesday, May 9, with a final leg running to Brownsville Recreation Center for an opening ceremony.

“Brooklyn loves healthy competition — literally and figuratively,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “The Brooklyn Senior Games highlight the great opportunities our parks and recreation centers provide to focus on the wellness of our minds, bodies, and souls, all while enjoying our communities. I wish all of our seniors the best of luck in their events, although they are all already winners for participating!”

The selection of competitive games includes shuffleboard, bowling, swimming, basketball, track and field, board games and table tennis. New Yorkers ages 50 and over were allowed to participate.

For a comprehensive list of events, times and dates, visit the NYC Parks website.

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