Senior Communities Across The Country Launch Quest For First National Title Playing Wii Bowl

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National Senior League Tournament Features Teams From 24 States

We're thrilled to have so many teams bowling their way toward a true national crown

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The chase for a national championship begins this week in what might seem like an unlikely place -- senior living communities and senior centers across the country. In fact, more than 180 teams of seniors from 24 states are seeking to claim National Senior League's first-of-its-kind national championship playing Wii Bowl™.

Teams representing 105 senior living communities and senior centers will play Nintendo's Wii Bowl weekly from October 19 until November 23 in a quest to make the national playoffs. National Senior League (NSL), the tournament organizer, will crown a national champion following its title matchup the week of December 14.

"We're thrilled to have so many teams bowling their way toward a true national crown," said Dennis Berkholtz, founder of Atlanta-based National Senior League. "Our goal is creating an avenue that gives competitive seniors an outlet to test their skills on a much wider scale than just playing against those living in the same community. While it's fun to take on your neighbor, it's more exciting to challenge a team from two time zones away."

Senior living communities, assisted living communities and senior centers across the nation were invited to play in the first National Senior League Wii Bowl tournament. Registered teams composed of four to eight residents from each community have been placed in conference pools. Teams are matched up against another community in their pool for weekly play, bowling two games sometime during the week, and then reporting their scores to the NSL web site. NSL creates a league schedule for each team, posts final match scores online, updates pool standings, and keeps team and individual statistics. The winning team in each pool advances into the national playoff bracket.

"With this first tournament, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible for the various communities to participate, while at the same time having a well-organized and structured competition," said Berkholtz. "We're encouraging communities to make their weekly participation in National Senior League into a community event, complete with other residents coming to cheer on their local team. Next year, we will further enhance the experience by having communities play each other at a designated time using web cameras, so they can truly compete head-to-head and interact in real time."

Berkholtz added that NSL will shine a spotlight on communities advancing to the fall championship match. NSL is working on plans to stream the national title competition live on the Internet. Additionally, NSL will be tweeting updates during the entire tournament through Twitter.

National Senior League was created from the desire of Berkholtz to provide an outlet for seniors whose competitive fire continues to burn. After his father and mother moved to an assisted living community, Berkholtz saw firsthand the need for events that both encouraged physical activity and allowed seniors at varying levels of health and fitness to compete on an even playing field. He noted the rapid introduction and popularity of Wii Bowl at senior communities, and went about establishing the framework for ongoing national tournaments. Following the fall 2009 league that is currently underway, National Senior League plans to host multiple national Wii Bowl and Wii Golf leagues in 2010, as well as fundraising events to benefit organizations supporting Alzheimer's disease research.

"Participation in our first 2009 tournament is very strong with more than 100 communities, but I hope that as more communities discover what we're doing with National Senior League, we'll see future tournaments with between 500 and 1,000 teams," said Berkholtz. "Nearly every community or senior center we talk to now offers Wii Bowl for its residents. The logical next step for them is to jump from community leagues, or leagues against other properties in their same system, to representing their community on a national stage. Our leagues start off as fun and friendly competition, but once you advance to the national playoffs, it becomes a matter of local, hometown pride."

Berkholtz's lifelong passion has been organized sports. He was a member of the United States handball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, and a coach for the U.S. team at the 1976 Montreal, Canada, games. He has more than 20 years of experience in athletic event organization and sports marketing, having served as ticketing consultant to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Executive Advisor for Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and Executive Committee member of the Pan American Team Handball Federation, among others.

"I was fortunate enough to have some amazing experiences representing my country in national and international handball competitions, including playing in the Olympic Games," said Berkholtz. "The experience of competing on that level is unforgettable. I want to bring a little bit of that thrill to National Senior League. I also want to bring the organizational component of having a seamless, simple tournament format, where players can focus on enjoying the competition, instead of worrying about details."

For more information on the NSL Wii Bowl league currently underway, or to sign up for future tournaments, please visit http://www.nslgames.com. To stay updated during the tournament, follow "NSLgames" on Twitter.

Fall 2009 NSL Wii™ Bowl Championship
Participating Communities By State

Arizona
Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix
Classic Residences by Hyatt Greyhawk, Scottsdale

California
Cortona Park Senior Living, Brentwood    
Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay, Granite Bay    
Cedar Creek, Madera    
Classic Residences by Hyatt in LaJolla, San Diego

Florida
Westminster Manor Bradenton, Bradenton
Atria Baypointe Village, Hudson
Atria San Pablo, Jacksonville
Bentley Village Care Center, Naples
Classic Residences by Hyatt in Pompano Beach,
Pompano Beach    
St. Andrews Estates South, Raton
Ruskin Senior Center, Ruskin    
Atria Evergreen Woods, Spring Hill
Jacaranda Manor, St. Petersburg    

Georgia
Atria Buckhead, Atlanta    
Arbor Terrace at West Cobb, Austell
The Oaks at Post Road Senior Living, Cumming
Parc at Duluth, Duluth
Troup County Senior Center, LaGrange
Parc at Piedmont, Marietta
Grace Healthcare of Tucker, Tucker
Winterville Assisted Living, Winterville

Idaho
Heatherwood Retirement Community, Boise

Illinois
LSSI Downer Place, Aurora
Assisi Health Care Center, Bartlett
Clare Oaks, Bartlett
King-Bruwaert House, Burr Ridge
The Meadows at Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn
Devonshire-Hoffman Estates, Hoffman Estates
Victorian Village, Homer Glen
Spring Meadows Retirement Community,
Libertyville
The Village at Victory Lake, Lindenhurst
Big Meadows, Savanna

Lieberman Center, Skokie
Holland Home, South Holland
Capitol Retirement Village, Springfield
Concordia Village, Springfield
Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana
Magnolia Terrace, Waterloo

Indiana
Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation Center,
Bluffton
Westside Garden Plaza, Indianapolis
Renaissance Rehabilitation Center, Muncie

Maryland
Frederick Villa Nursing, Baltimore
Emmitsburg Senior Center, Emmitsburg
Glen Meadows Retirement Community, Glen Arm    
Woodlawn Senior Center, Gwynn Oak
Lansdowne Senior Center, Lansdowne

Massachusetts
Christopher Heights of Attleboro, Attleboro
Atria Longmeadow Place, Burlington
JFK Senior Apartments, Cambridge
Standish Village Assisted Living, Dorchester
Methuen Village at Riverwalk Park, Methuen
Whitney Place, Natick
Assisted Living Center-Salisbury, Salisbury

Michigan
Larson Hall, Cheyboygan
Tendercare Clare, Clare    
Cook Valley Estates, Grand Rapids
McBrite Manor, Saginaw
Meadowlark Retirement Community, Sparta

Missouri
Brookdale Foxwood Springs, Raymore

Montana
Mission Ridge, Billings

Nebraska
Royale Oaks Assisted Living, Omaha

New Hampshire
Easter Seals-New Hampshire, Manchester
William B. Cashin Senior Center, Manchester

New Jersey
The Martin & Edith Stein Assisted Living
Residences, Somerset    

New York
The Osborn, Rye

North Carolina
Tryon Estates, Columbus
Havelock Senior Center, Havelock
McCarthy Court, New Bern

Ohio
Beavercreek Senior Center, Beavercreek
Country Neighbor, Orwell
Solon Senior Center, Solon

Pennsylvania
CedarView Apartments, Allentown
Gwynedd Estates, Ambler
Center on the Hill, Belle Vernon
Riverside Place, Charleroi
Country Meadows of Hershey, Hershey
Hamilton Arms Center, Lancaster
Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale
United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz
Schuylkill Regional Resource Center, Mahanoy City
Masontown Senior Center, Masontown
Panther Valley Senior Center, Nesquehoning
Garden Spot Village, New Holland
Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square
Juniata Valley Senior Citizens, Inc., Petersburg
Norcom Community Center, Philadelphia
Northeast Older Adult Center, Philadelphia
Southampton Place, Shippensburg
Windy Hill Senior Center, Spring Grove
Stewartstown Senior Center, Stewartstown
Uniontown Senior Citizen Center, Uniontown
Wayne Senior Center, Wayne
Warfordsburg Senior Center, Warfordsburg

South Carolina
Ashley River Plantation, Charleston
TidePointe, Hilton Head Island
Eden Terrace, Spartanburg

Tennessee
Heritage Pointe Senior Living, Cookeville

Texas
Emeritus at Lakeland Hills, Dallas
Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers, Houston
Homewood Residences at Victoria, Victoria

Virginia
Langston-Brown Multipurpose Senior Center,
Arlington
Leewood Healthcare Center, Annandale

Washington
Harbour Pointe Shores, Ocean Shores
Northhaven, Seattle
Brookdale Park Place, Spokane Valley    
Wheatland Village, Walla Walla
Colonial Vista Retirement & Assisted Living
Apartments, Wenatchee

Editor's note: To obtain contact information for a team from your area participating in National Senior League's National Wii Bowl Championship, please contact Brandi Towns at 913-491-0600.

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