Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 18, 2011
More than 10,000 athletes age 50 and older will compete in 18 medal sports and one demonstration sport June 16-30, 2011 in Houston. The George R. Brown Convention Center will serve as the hub of activities for the Games with seven of the 18 medal events taking place inside the downtown convention center. Humana is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Summer National Senior Games.
The Games will be preceded with an Olympic-style torch run and flame arrival ceremony at Discovery Green, located across from The George R. Brown Convention Center, on June 16, 2011, where the flame will burn for the duration of the games. The Celebration of Athletes event will take place June 21, 2011 at the Toyota Center.
“We look forward to welcoming America’s senior athletes with open arms,” said Mayor Annise D. Parker. “Houston has been down this road before and we know how to put on major sporting events.
“This is the largest multi-sport event in the world for athletes over the age of 50 and I am supremely confident that the athletes of the 2011 Summer National Senior Games will enjoy a well-run competition with a heaping helping of Houston hospitality on the side.”
All athletes will have earned the right to compete in these national games by virtue of their performance at their respective state games. With more than 10,000 athletes and an anticipated 30,000 spectators, the 2011 Games are estimated to create an economic impact of approximately $35 million for the Houston region.
Dan Wolterman, chairman of the Houston Local Organizing Committee stated, “The plans are well thought-out and the process of producing the event is well under way,” said Wolterman, CEO and president of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
Phil Godfrey, president and chief executive officer of the National Senior Games Association, commented, “We’re delighted with the quality of the venues our athletes will enjoy. We’re also grateful that the Houston community has embraced the event and our mission of educating people about the benefits of exercise and active aging.”
At the heart and center of the Games, the George R. Brown will showcase seven medal sports: the largest indoor tennis competition in history, badminton, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, table tennis and volleyball.
The National Senior Games Association is a non-profit member of the United States Olympic Committee dedicated to motivating senior men and women to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement. The organization governs the Summer National Senior Games and is an umbrella for member state organizations across the U.S. that host State Senior Games or Senior Olympics. The NSGA supports and sanctions these member state organizations so that adults can participate in their state in events year-round.
The Houston Local Organizing Committee (HLOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with a Board of Directors that is independent of the NSGA Board. The 2011 Senior Games were successfully bid for and awarded to the HLOC.
NSGA thanks its corporate sponsors: Humana, AstraZeneca, Euflexxa, Memorial Hermann and Reliant Energy