July 10, 2013
Re: Woodbridge Township will host the New Jersey Senior Olympic Games
The New Jersey League of Municipalities is pleased to announce that Woodbridge Township will host the New Jersey Senior Olympic Games on September 6, 7, and 8, 2013. While last year’s games were tremendously successful, the League is convinced that the 2013 games will be even more exciting and well-attended. That’s why I’m sending you this personal invitation – and challenge – to reach out to your Senior community to encourage participation and attendance in the upcoming statewide New Jersey Senior Olympics.
One sure way to ensure participation in the 2013 Senior Olympic Games is through a sponsorship lottery. Why not sponsor 20 Senior residents to participate in the Olympic games by picking up a portion of the registration fee. In Woodbridge, Mayor John E. McCormac is offering Senior athletes and Olympic contenders a special incentive to participate in the Senior Olympic games… the Mayor’s Office is paying $20.00 toward the $25.00 General Registration fee for those Seniors who register before Aug. 23 - that means the Senior athlete will pay just $5.00 to participate and compete in up to three Olympic events.
While sponsoring a group of Senior athletes is a great way to ensure community representation in the statewide games, we recognize that current financial constraints may not allow you to “sponsor” your Senior athletes. However, you can certainly reach out to your Senior community to encourage participation in the upcoming games. Please have your Division on Aging, Health Department, or appropriate municipal agency “spread-the-word”… and the registration form… to your Senior community. At the same time, you can add the New Jersey Senior Olympic games as a qualifying program for the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign – sponsored by the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.
The 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games feature 19 sporting events and competitions where senior athletes 50 years of age and older – male and female – compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in various age categories ranging from: 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89; and 90+. Competitions returning to the 2013 games include pickleball and miniature golf, and Senior athletes will compete in the long-standing competitions - Archery, Basketball (foul shooting/accuracy and ‘3 on 3’), Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Darts, Fencing, Golf, Horseshoes, Racquetball, Team Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Track & Field events. The New Jersey Senior Olympics is part of the National Senior Games Association which sponsors alternate year national Senior Olympic games at venues across the country – the 2013 National Senior Olympic games will be held in Cleveland, Ohio (July 21 – Aug. 6, 2013.)
The New Jersey Senior Olympic registration book – available on-line at www.njseniorolympics.com - provides an excellent overview of the games and the exciting competition that Senior athletes can expect as they engage in the competitive sporting events. With your support and encouragement, I’m confident that New Jersey’s Senior athletes – as well as non-athletes - from your town will make a strong showing at the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games.
So… let’s get the word out. New Jersey Senior athletes needed to compete in the 2013 Senior Olympic Games!!! For more information about the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympics, go to: www.njseniorolympics.com or www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us; call the New Jersey Senior Olympic Headquarters at 973-618-1111; or contact Woodbridge Township Senior Olympic Chairpersons Pat Trombetta at 732-636-3910 or Frank St. Marie at 732- 636-9439.
On behalf of the NJLM, the New Jersey Senior Olympic Committee, and New Jersey’s Senior athletes, volunteers, and sponsors, thanks for your support of the 2013 New Jersey Senior Olympic games. I hope to see you and your town’s Senior athletes at the September 7 Opening Ceremonies at the Woodbridge Community Center.
To watch a video on some of the game events please go to: http://cvp.telvue.com/player?id=T00347&video=157276
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.