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Polk Senior Games Inc.

Polk Senior Games Inc. is a nonprofit organization that sponsors the annual Polk Senior Games. This year's games are over, but the games in 2009 will be held Feb. 28 through March 15, the 17th year the games have been held.
Senior men and women will be able to compete in more than 30 games involving mental skill and physical ability. The competition spans a two-week period.
The competition's two-week period features games of badminton, basketball shooting, 3-on-3 basketball, billiards, bocce, bowling, bridge, checkers, cribbage, ballroom, social and square dancing, darts, euchre, field events, fishing, golf, horseshoes, 18-hole and putt and chip golf, pickleball, lawn bowling, pepper, pass and kick, racquetball, 5K road race, Scrabble, senior smarts, skeet and trap shooting, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track, and walking.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be distributed to winning participants in each age division. Winners in the first five places in some events may proceed onto the Florida Senior Games State Championships.
Registration for the Polk Senior Games will open in early January. Registration forms can be obtained by visiting the event's Web site at Forms can be mailed or hand delivered to the Polk Senior Games office at 515 E. Boulevard St. Bartow, FL 33830.
For other information call the office at 863-533-0055. Cost to participate in the games is $8 for the first event and $3 for each additional event up to a maximum of $29.
All participants must be 50 or older by Dec. 31 of the competition year, and are not required to be a Polk County resident.
A closing ceremony will include special awards, entertainment, door prizes, goody bags and a health fair.
Everyone who participates in the games also receives a Polk County Senior Games T-shirt. Along with the Polk Senior Games, 20 other cities across Florida including Tampa and Clearwater offer their version of the Senior Games. Competitions are held statewide from January to November every year.
Information about both the state championship and Senior Games across Florida is available on the Florida Sports Web site at

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