Senior Games

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I would do it again in a moment!. I helped with basketball and sign up. It was my first time volunteering at any games but usually been on the other side as an athlete before. I believe that the overall feeling was just superb. I was genuinely thanked many times for helping and it sure made me want to help more. I certainly have no complaints other than my 10 year old son's first comments as I took him and my 8 year old girl to watch once my time was finished. We began watching the games (most) and he said early that "Dad, these are all OLD people". By the end of our time of being there a few days we all realized that these people were having fun, in great shape, and doing things that were not long ago, impossible My son's first year of junior Olympics was last year, he now knows he can stay in shape, feel good and have fun for a LONG time. It makes me want to play next time. Dennis Potter

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping people have fun.

Ways to make it better...

Been an athlete

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I helped out at the athlete registration area, and I found the athletes to be very friendly and engaging in conversation. The other volunteers were also very friendly and willing to help with any issues that came up. I was glad to be able to help in a small way for a great event. I am very glad I signed up.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interaction with the athletes and other fellow volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Volunteering with the Senior Games gave me a new perspective about the value of sports as a means of motivating people to become and remain physically active for life. The athletes I met were such an inspiration. They were so clearly enjoying life to the fullest. I felt compelled to tell everyone I knew about my positive experience with the Senior Games & to urge loved ones to not let age get in the way of living a healthy, active life. The Senior Games provided a welcome relief from the media stereotypes of decrepit seniors who spend all their time focused on their ailments. The athletes at the Senior Games were a testament to joyful living--at any age.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all great people--friendly and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I helped with the Women's racquetball at the Page Mill YMCA. It was a fun wxperience, and I think the Y deserves a great deal of credit for their help and providing the court time for the games. Palo Alto did a great job with the games, especially with the Athletes Village at Stanford, and downtown at City Hall. The Celebration of Athletes was also a very nice show, and obviously had a great deal of thought and effort put into it. I had a great time. Bob Kelley

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow the event organizers to set up draw sheets for the event closer to the time of the event, rather than 1 months early. There were numerous changes that had to be made due to competitors not showing up. Perhaps there could be a penalty for no shows.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having the Olympic Senior Games run so well in our own neighborhoods.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All very willing to help make the event go well.

Ways to make it better...

There had not been so many competitor cancellations at the last minute, right before the competition began.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed hearing stories of the athletes lives and watching them compete in something they loved doing. It was an inspiration to see someone 94 years old running in a race!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from all walks of life and all enjoyed their job assigned them.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The 2009 National Senior Games were the highlight of our summer. The athletes and their supporters were so full of energy and good cheer that the atmosphere was one of a family celebration. People were also very appreciative of the the many volunteers who made the games a success. I talked with many of the youngest volunteers (high-school age) and I think the experience changed their views on what it is to be a senior and how they will think about sports and athletics as they mature. Just the fact that they had many positive conversations with seniors demonstrated that inter-generational communications can be an effective way to bridge gaps in our culture. The frequent positive feedback from the games organizers made the volunteers feel important and valued. And you got to watch some truly amazing athletes compete. A great experience all around!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen an increase in understanding and appreciation between generations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Talking with senior athletes and hearing their stories

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic beyond measure. I think everyone had a great time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get many more seniors committed to healthy aging

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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