Through laughter and fun, athletes compete

Through laughter and fun, athletes compete
(DeLaune/MN) Horseshoes was one of the events played at the annual Muscogee (Creek) Nation Senior Games May 25 at the Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Senior Games held at Omniplex

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A little batch of bad weather could not keep athletes from competing in the annual Senior Games May 25, at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee.

The MCN Elder Service Department hosts the event each year for the seniors to come and participate in the activities.

ESD Director Angela Fish said this was her first Senior Games and was very impressed with the workers.

“I have really enjoyed it so far,” she said. “To be able to be around our elders and to see them enjoy themselves and participate in the various activities has been great.”

She said it was her understanding the event had one of the largest attendance for the games.

The competitive events included the free throw contests, softball throw, jacks, beanbag toss and horseshoes.

Men and women were in two separate groups and both had divisions’ 55-to-64-years-old and 65-and-older.

This year, ESD opened up the activities to allow all competitors from federally recognized tribes to compete in the games.

“It makes it more competitive, but it’s all in good fun,” Fish said.

Originally from Hanna, but now in Okmulgee, David Harley, who goes by ‘Speedy,’ competed in the senior games.

He said he might be up there in age, but the games are still in the blood for everyone that plays sports.

“You don’t feel your age when you get out there,” Speedy said. “Because there was the competition.”

Speedy said even with the competition it was all in good fun. Everyone who competed talked to each other but it was more laughing than anything.

“It is all for fun,” he said. “We all laugh at each other.”

Speedy won second place in the free throw competition.

He said he had a great time seeing his friends and will return next year.



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