Senior Games Off To A Great Start - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Senior Games Off To A Great Start

Posted: Updated:

It's day five of competition at the National Senior Games and by all accounts the city is serving as a great host.

"Very well organized and well put together...well participated in. This is really a great group of people," said Pat Patterson, a badminton competitor from Galveston, Texas.

"We'd always heard bad stories about Cleveland but we're really excited about being here," said basketball participant Pete Brown, from Dallas.

Badminton matches are underway at the Convention Center and they're narrowing down the basketball brackets at Public Hall. Athletes are loving the venues and the rest of what the city has to offer.

"I've taken advantage of one of Cleveland's greatest assets. I spent yesterday morning at The Clinic, getting a passing grade that would allow me to come here today and play," said Kent Douglass, who had heart surgery at The Cleveland Clinic three years ago.

With 11,000 athletes plus all their friends and family coming to Cleveland to watch them compete, more than 30,000 people are expected to make their way through our brand new convention center. And the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hopes that is just the beginning.

"The badminton community is saying this is an ideal location. Now we're going to meet with USA badminton about hosting other national events in the facility," said David Gilbert, with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

He says there's a lot riding on the impression we make on the sports world, and these athletes-turned-ambassadors for our city.

"We're glad to bring the word back to Texas that this looks like a great place to come visit," said Madeleine Baker, from Galveston.

"When you're our age, it's good to be anywhere," added Brown.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Dismembered human corpse identified, suspected killer in jail

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:10:09 GMT
    (WMC) - Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week. Police say the victim has been identifiedMore >>
    Investigators have identified the man whose head they found inside a black garbage bag after police believe he'd likely been dead for more than a week.More >>
  • Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Ocean Springs mom warning parents about app

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:00:09 GMT
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate.More >>
    An Ocean Springs mom is sending a warning to South Mississippi parents. Katrina Johnson wants every parent to be aware of an app that she says is being used by many students to spread hate. Johnson discovered the posts last week, and she says what she read would make parents cringe.More >>
  • 'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    'Party mansion' owner convicted of tax and healthcare fraud

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:38:35 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
    A former Raleigh resident, known for the wild parties held at his “party mansion” in North Raleigh, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for tax fraud, healthcare fraud and money laundering crimes, according to a United States Department of Justice release.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.