Formed in 1991 by Dr. Jack Neumann of Springfield College, the Massachusetts Senior Games kindled the Olympic spirit and ignited the flame for thousands of older adults across the Commonwealth.
The Games gives them the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities throughout the year. Massachusetts Senior Games began with a "Fun Walk" in Forest Park, Springfield, Massachusetts. One hundred fifty spirited seniors crossed the finish line in the fall of 1991 and the "Games Began!"
The following year 250 senior athletes gathered in June at Springfield College to participate in eleven events in track and field, swimming, tennis, and others. Many qualified for the USNSSO National Senior Sports Classic held in Baton Rouge in May, 1993.
1995 marked the first Winter Games held at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Princeton, Massachusetts. Over 150 athletes participated in giant slalom, cross country and ice hockey.
The growth of the Massachusetts Senior Games is directly tied to a base of committed sponsors. Bank of Boston was our very first corporate sponsor. Later, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs became a co-sponsor but unfortunately, state support was discontinued many years ago.
Our current Presenting Sponsor is Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. They have been our Presenting Sponsor for many years now. From the beginning, the host site sponsor, Springfield College, provided superior facilities for the summer Massachusetts Senior Games.
Each year the number of athletes, events, volunteers and supporters grows. Today, more than 1,300 athletes, grouped in five year age categories, may enter a spectrum of multiple summer and winter Games.
Volunteers keep the Massachusetts Senior Games going as Event Managers and as helpers during our "Big Weekend" at Springfield College. Many corporations as well as small & medium-sized businesses presently support the Massachusetts Senior Games as Program Book advertisers. It takes the entire community to keep the Games going.
We are very proud of our growth; we've come a long way since the first lighting of the torch and parade of athletes!