Signature HealthCARE of Elizabethtown was among 11 teams from nursing centers across Central Kentucky that gathered at Signature’s Louisville home office to compete in the games, which included basketball, a bean bag toss, and more.
Special celebrity guest judges included state Rep. Denny Butler; Louisville Metro Councilman Stuart Benson; Chris Redman, former quarterback for the University of Louisville and the Baltimore Ravens; Coach Bob Redman, who led Louisville Male High School to three state championships; Roger Burkman, a member of the 1980 University of Louisville NCAA men’s basketball championship team and former player for the Chicago Bulls; and Mike Pratt, a former University of Kentucky and Kentucky Colonels basketball player.
Elzabethtown’s team, The Signature Sunbeams, won the Silver Medal in the bean bag toss and a Bronze Medal in long toss. The team later received a trophy for Best T-Shirts and Spirit.
One resident on the team said, “The event was handled very efficiently. For anyone who hasn’t been to it, it is something to see. To see these people have the chance to get out, get exercise, have joy in their life and prove they are still a citizen who can get out and do things. This was only our second year, but I know next year we’ll be even better trained.”
Signature’s Senior Olympics are designed to promote fitness, fun and friendly competition among senior citizens, and serves to give participants a sense of accomplishment and self worth.