If age is just a number, and you’re 50-plus, zero in on the 2022 Bea Victor Senior Olympics. They’re live again on Staten Island!

ByRachelle R. Sowell

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After a two-year hiatus, the Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Neighborhood Middle of Staten Island is spreading the word about the Bea Victor Senior Olympics competition that returns this yr.

Functions will get put at places in the course of Staten Island from Sunday June 12 by means of Thursday, June 16, with the Closing Ceremony on Friday, June 17.

Individuals 50 or older could take part in as many functions as they pick out.

“An essential portion of our mission at the JCC is to empower seniors to keep lively and healthful,” said Kara Roche, internet marketing and communications supervisor for the JCC. “We’re committed to viewing Bea Victor’s legacy dwelling on via the Senior Olympics.”

The party is named for Victor, a neighborhood chief who started the Senior Olympics in 1987, who directed the software for 20 several years and was involved with the party right until her death two several years in the past.

Though the Senior Olympics were being cancelled in 2020, previous year’s function was held nearly.

“The past two many years had been extremely hard simply because of COVID,” reported Lisa Lubarsky, diet and wellness coordinator at the JCC. “Participants had been quite responsive to past year’s digital celebration, which highlighted a Mind, Entire body & Soul theme. We wanted to get individuals associated that may perhaps not be that physically fit or were being even now concerned of heading outside and competing with persons. We gave them difficulties like looking through publications, performing puzzles, arts and crafts, and cooking — anything at all they could attain.”

The concept was so effective that it is remaining reprised once once again this calendar year.

“Even even though the activities are live, we nonetheless inspire men and women to participate in any activity that can encourage the mind, human body and soul,” Lubarsky said.

This year’s Senior Olympics activities incorporate bowling, desk tennis, basketball shoot, pocket pool, darts, tennis, mahjong, canasta, bridge, pinochle, horseshoes, shuffleboard, croquet, corn gap, and Predict-a-Tempo. Venues for these events contain the JCC, YMCA, The Bridge Club of Staten Island, Staten Island Community Tennis, Special Lounge, and parks in the course of the borough.

“We contact Staten Island the Borough of Parks for a explanation,” Lubarsky noted. “We have the greatest sites to contend for these functions.”

Participants participate in to get gold, silver and bronze medals, which are awarded at the stop of just about every function by system volunteers. All gamers receive a swag bag, which involves an function T-shirt, a water bottle, towel and sling pack.

Immediately after 5 days of opposition, those who participated in the games are invited to the Closing Ceremony to celebrate the video games. The Closing Ceremony will consider location on Friday, June 17 at 9 a.m. at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC creating at 1466 Manor Rd. in Sea View.

Roche famous that it takes a good deal of planning and guidance to execute the Senior Olympics. “This is a local community-vast event. We host these gatherings all around the Island with the aid of some excellent neighborhood partners that are aiding to make this feasible.”

Associates for this year’s Bea Victor Senior Olympics are UJA Federation of New York, DFTA (Division for the Getting old), YMCA, New York City Council, and Staten Island Community Tennis.

In addition to the Senior Olympics, the JCC will host its Conference on Ageing the very same 7 days at its a variety of places all through Staten Island.

The closing ceremony for the conference will acquire location along with the Senior Olympics closing on June 17.

For supplemental details, visit www.sijcc.org/bvso