Published On: Wed, Aug 27th, 2014

 Harrah’s Cherokee donates $15,000 to NC Senior Games

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has donated $15,000 to the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. (NCSG) for its annual Senior Games state finals. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Senior Games state finals, and the 13th year Harrah’s Cherokee has sponsored the event.

Boyd Owle, Dennis Junaluska, and James Smith from the Smoky Mountain Senior Games chapter, swept the men 55-59 category at the 2013 NC State Senior Games Finals golf tournament winning silver, bronze, and gold respectively. For the 13th year, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort has sponsored the event with a $15,000 donation.  (Harrah's Cherokee photo)

Boyd Owle, Dennis Junaluska, and James Smith from the Smoky Mountain Senior Games chapter, swept the men 55-59 category at the 2013 NC State Senior Games Finals golf tournament winning silver, bronze, and gold respectively. For the 13th year, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has sponsored the event with a $15,000 donation. (Harrah’s Cherokee photo)

“The support of Harrah’s Cherokee has helped us grow our program and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NC Senior Games,” NCSG President Brad Allen said. “Their support is critically important to the western part of the state, but also affects every community across North Carolina. We appreciate Harrah’s support of health promotion and education for seniors.”

North Carolina has the largest Senior Games program in the nation with 53 local games serving all 100 counties and more than 60,000 year-round participants.  The state finals in Raleigh will bring together over 3,200 qualifiers from the local games and more than 900 volunteers throughout September and October.  Competitive categories include over 70 sports and arts activities. The 30th State Finals will also include some firsts as well, including pickleball.

“The NC Senior Games are important all year long, and we are proud to offer our support,” Jo Blaylock, Harrah’s Cherokee regional vice president of human resources and community relations, said.  “Being active is important for good health as we age, and the artists and athletes of the Senior Games inspire us all to do just that.”

A full schedule of events and volunteer activities can be found at www.NCSeniorGames.org.

– Harrah’s Cherokee

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