CLEVELAND - In less than two months the 2013 National Senior Games will get under way.
The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission confirms it will host 10,834 athletes, ages 50 and over, for two weeks of intense competition in 19 sports.
The Sports Commission also renewed its call for volunteers to assist with this high-profile event. Leading up to and throughout the Games, there are more than 7,000 volunteer shifts to fill; with roles and responsibilities ranging from greeters to scorekeepers to managing event entertainment to retrieving javelins during the track and field competition.
"Cleveland will host about as many athletes for this competition as London did for the 2012 Summer Games, and we are asking our fellow Greater Clevelanders to help us deliver an unforgettable event through one of our more than 200 volunteer roles," said Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President & CEO, David Gilbert. said in a press release.
"The support we have received so far is overwhelming, and by filling the 7,000 volunteer shifts associated with the Games, we will be able to present the best National Senior Games experience yet – for both athletes and spectators."
The 2013 Games will utilize a variety of venues throughout Northeast Ohio for both sports and hospitality. Medal-contending competitions for the 2013 Games include pickleball, archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, race walk, road race, cycling, golf, horseshoes, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball. Bocce ball and disc golf competitions will be held as demonstration sports during the event.
For more information on the 2013 National Senior Games, visit www.Cleveland2013.com .