Yuma Senior Games to Look Different in 2023


In the mid-1960s, the National Recreation Association, now known as the National Recreation and Parks Association, developed a “Lifetime Sports” program, which emphasized getting individuals involved in sports which they could compete in throughout their life span. As the concept developed across the country in the mid-1970s, middle aged amateur athletes of the mid-1960s were becoming mature senior athletes.


A Los Angeles businessman name Warren W. Blaney took this concept and expanded it and is widely known as the founder of the Senior Games Movement. From there, the movement spread from California to other states, including Arizona and morphed into National Senior Olympics Organization. One of the unique byproducts of those efforts would be the annual Yuma Senior Games, which in the past, many active seniors in Yuma have participated in.


This coming year, in leu of the Yuma Senior Games, the City of Yuma’s Parks and Recreation department will be sponsoring a special Senior Programming Tournament which will feature billiards shooting and pickle ball tournament competitions. Seniors will be able to learn more about this tournament, qualifications, and its official start dates and times this coming November. The actual matches are slated to occur in various locations throughout Yuma during the months of January and February 2023.


At Yuma Senior Living, we support our residents with all their activities of daily living. We also offer 24-hour on-site care staff and weekly housekeeping in a tranquil and safe environment. Simply give us a call at (928) 388-6858, and our Community Ambassador will schedule an onsite tour at your convenience.

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