Warner Robins and Houston County have enjoyed a summer of games and hospitality as out-of-towners visited to play Southeast Regional Tournament softball and baseball for 11- to 13-year-olds and Masters Bowling for 18- to 35-year-old Special Olympians.
The red carpet will roll out again Sept. 19-23 when Warner Robins welcomes the 50 and older crowd from across the state as the Georgia Golden Olympic Games take place in locations throughout the county.
Close to 800 people are coming from as far away as Barbados and Alaska to take advantage of the opportunity to qualify in the national games, which will be held next June in Birmingham, Alabama. Other states represented with athletes participating in the Warner Robins games are Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
“The games are a great way to meet new friends and to discover that physical activity is for people of all ages,” GGO Director Vicki Pilgrim said. “More specifically, the games are fun.”
Pilgrim and her committee have been hosting the games in Warner Robins for more than 30 years in partnership with the Warner Robins Recreation Department and the GGO headquarters in Winder.
Registration has closed for athletes to participate in the Warner Robins GGO games, but for those who would like to attend the games there is a schedule at the Senior Activity Center on Maple Street across from the Wellston Canter. A full listing of activities, locations and times will be available.
The public also is invited to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in front of the Wellston Center. Festivities include entertainment and a reception. The awards ceremony and dinner for Georgia Golden Olympics follow the next evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellston Center.
Volunteers are needed to help make this event successful. The process for signing up is easy. Go to their website at www.georgiagoldenolympics.org, download the volunteer form and email the completed sheet to email@example.com.
The Warner Robins Jaycees and Jaycettes will host a get-together for past members from 6 p.m. until midnight Oct. 1 at the Moose Lodge on Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served with a pay-as-you-go bar available. There is no charge at the door, but donations will be accepted to cover expenses. If you’re interested in attending, call Mike Carter at 478-396-9307, George Heaberlin at 478-320-7472 or George Smith at 478-396-1915.
The opening concert for the Warner Robins Community Concert Association will be Sep. 25 at Houston County High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. For the fifth time, the Wellston Winds, under the direction of Lloyd McDonald, will perform a free concert for the community in conjunction with WRCCA. Comprising local music teachers, band directors, former United States Air Force band members and other area musicians, the ensemble performs a variety of musical selections to appeal to everyone.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.