“Stay Active - Stay Healthy” is the theme of this year’s 33rd Annual Elder Games, which will again be held at the old track field at St. Francis Indian School, this Saturday, May 25. This event was created by Sicangu Elderly Concerns in 1986, and has been sponsored by Sicangu Elderly Concerns for the last 32 years. The Elder Games is supported entirely by volunteers and local businesses, and neither solicits nor accepts any public funds whatsoever.
The annual event welcomes all Elders and families to participate and support their Elders, and is open to all who wish to participate. Things will get started at about 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, with registration at the old track field. The Elder Games will begin at 12:00 noon with an opening prayer by Elder Richard Moves Camp, followed by a welcoming address by Sicangu Elderly Concerns board member Ann Roubideaux. A meal will be served later in the afternoon.
Events are scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Awards will be given in each of the age divisions for men and women (50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+). Events include the 50-yard, 100-yard and 1/4-mile walk, as well as the the 50-yard, 100-yard and 1/4-mile run and 1/4-mile relay. Popular events also include horseshoes, softball, basketball throw, and hand games, and three-legged races and sack races for the children.
Other events will be held as time permits. There will be something for everyone interested in participating. A traditional Lakota Shinney game will also take place after the track and field events. Certificates and medals will be presented at the track field at the conclusion of the day’s events, as well as special recognitions.
All persons over 50 years of age are invited to come on out and participate. As in previous Elder Games, there will also be events for young and old of all ages for the Elders’ enjoyment. Volunteers should report to the registration table at the track field on Saturday, May 25, at 11:00 a.m. It is interesting to note that many former volunteers are now active participants, and the following generations are the current volunteers. Come out and have a good time.
For further information, contact the Elder Games Committee: Ann Roubideaux at (605) 828-4394; Wayne Bear Shield at (605) 828-0217; Charlee Archambault at (605) 747-2442 or 2299; Judy Roubideaux at (605) 208-0939; or Chris Horvath at (605) 856-2547.