ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Members of the George P. Thames Adult Activity Center in Robertsdale brought home medals from the 2018 Masters Games of Alabama, held Oct. 7-11 in Valley.
Every year the senior center takes a group to participate in the games. This year’s group included 16 participants, who brought home 16 medals, including five gold, two silver and nine bronze. There were also 11 participants in the 1-mile walk.
According to the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Website, the Masters Games of Alabama is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for active adults age 50 and over through social, mental and physical activities.
They were developed in Oxford in 1989 to provide adults age 50 and above an opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle by participating in a variety of events. Each year, between 600 and 800 participants and volunteers from across the state participate in the games.
This is the 14th straight year participants from the Thames Center participated in the games, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, also locally by the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission.
The Thames Center represents District 7, which includes Baldwin, Mobile, Escambia, Conecuh, Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Wilcox and Monroe counties. Participants also attend locally from Orange Beach, Saraland, Chickasaw and Mobile.
The Thames Center serves Robertsdale, Loxley and Silverhill in Central Baldwin. They also have participants from Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Elberta and Malbis.
This year’s participants included Evi Costa, Shirley Darling, Mary Fuller, Joan Henderson, Reggie Henderson, Carole Jones, Gale Mann, Harvey Nabors, Mary Nabors, Amy Ochello, Kathy Peterson, Sandra Points, Beth Robinson, Georgia Rudolph, Crystal Thomley and Mary Williams.
“Everyone had a great time, saw old friend and made new friends,” said Robertsdale Senior Activities Director Amy Ochello. “All seniors should come out and participate.”
Special thanks to Harvey Nabors and Reggie Henderson for being drivers.
For more information about the games, go to mastersgamesalabama.org. For more information about activities at the Center, contact Ochello at 251-947-8973.
The George P. Thames Adult Activity Center hosts daily, weekly and monthly events for men and women over age 50 at 22651 E. Chicago St., in Robertdale or at the PZK Hall, 17933 Alabama 104, Robertrsdale. Drop by the adult activity center to pick up a calendar for a full list of events, call 251-947-8973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.