Many senior athletes from Minnesota are excited that the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana are taking place at their "own back door," as tennis player Ruby Rott, 80, puts it.
800 individual events in 19 sports ranging from tennis to track to judo, Minnesota residents are glad to share their home state with visitors. Javelin thrower John Levy, 72, hopes that people from other states will be "surprised by how many things we have to offer," as well as citizens' "Minnesota nice" attitude.
Track and field competitor Carrie Michurski, 55, "made it a point to qualify" when she learned that The Games would take place in Minnesota. Michurski got involved in The Games to reclaim health and fitness, and has seen lots of benefits.
One of the benefits of having The Games take place in Minnesota is that people from outside the state will see how Minnesotans often "embrace and protect" the environment, according to Michurski.
However, Levy says the location has not motivated him to perform any less than if he were in any other place. He says that the best thing The Games have done is motivate people to "get off your chair and do something." He says participating in The Games"keeps you younger longer."
As visitors come to Minnesota from across the country, Rott hopes they "feel very "Welcome" in their home state.