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 18-21.
The four-day classic will begin with events Wednesday morning (May 18) at 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in FMU’s Smith University Center. FMU president Dr. Fred Carter and Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer will participate in the opening ceremonies. The Closing Ceremonies and banquet are set for Saturday (May 21) at 5:30 p.m.
The classic includes competition for both men and women in approximately 75 different events. Organizers expect approximately 500 athletes to take part in the 20th-annual classic.
The 2005 National Senior Olympics will be held next month 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.