Riverbank Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kerrie Webb participated in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 3 through 6. The event is for all qualifying adults in their related sport, including swimming, golf, racquet sports, track and field, golf, and softball.
Webb is part of a softball team called the California Spirit 60’s which is made up of three players from Modesto, one from Jamestown, one from Las Vegas, one from Arizona and several from Southern California. All sports are for adults in the following age range, 50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 65’s, 70’s, 75’s, 80’s, 85’s and 90’s. There are athletes in their 90’s that compete at the event as well that are usually in track and field or swimming.
The California Spirit 60’s play one tournament a month year-round where they have traveled to places like Reno, St. George Utah, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Hemet, and San Diego to name a few. All players pay their own way and they partake in fundraisers to help offset the tournament fees. The team has played together for three years and in two years they plan on moving up to the 65 age bracket.
In 2017 the National Senior Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama.