Senior Olympics 2014

Patients and staff from Southern Pines HealthCARE Center traveled to Sebring this week to participate in an event they won’t soon forget.

About 60 patients from Southern Pines and nine other nursing and rehab centers gathered at Kenilworth Care & Rehabilitation Center in Sebring on Tuesday to participate in the annual Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics games. The patients competed in six events, including basketball, shot put and a wheelchair race.

The athletes came onto the field welcomed by a booming fanfare from the Sebring High School Marching band, followed by an opening speech from Sebring Mayor John Shoop, who proclaimed September 16 as Signature HealthCARE Senior Olympics Day.

A ceremonial torch lighting also took place early during the event, and the torch was carried by patients!

Many Southern Pines HealthCARE Center patients, family members and staff members traveled to Sebring for the games. The facility team, the “Southern Pines Panthers,” earned individual medals for participation in the event, and one patient earned an individual silver medal for the wheelchair race. The goal of the games is to keep patient active and promote a little friendly competition. Go Panthers!