FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University will play host to hundreds of South Carolina‘s most experienced athletes at the S.C. Senior Sports Classic, May 19-22.
The four-day classic will begin with events Wednesday morning (May 19) at 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in FMU’s Smith University Center. The Closing Ceremonies and banquet are set for Saturday (May 22) at 5:30 p.m.
The classic includes competition for both men and women in approximately 75 different events. Organizers expect approximately 600 athletes to take part in the 19th-annual classic.
Competitors will also be trying to qualify for the 2005 Senior Olympics, which will be held in Pittsburgh.
The purpose of the Senior Sports Classic is to provide a quality recreation experience for adults ages 50 and over. The goals of the program are to maintain and improve health and wellness of the state’s older adults; to provide competitive athletic and recreational experiences that focus attention on the importance of regular exercise in every individual’s personal plan of health; to provide an opportunity for socializing; to improve the quality and quantity of senior programs at the local level by providing an opportunity for community groups to work together toward a common goal; and to enhance the quality of life for South Carolina’s senior citizens.
In addition to the sporting contests, there will be a talent show on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium, and a social and dance on Friday at 6:30 p.m.