Neil Simpson, Heartland Games Co-ordinator Thanks!!

Neil and Mary Lou Simpson

The 2018 Heartland Games wrapped up this week with three days of tennis.
To say that this year was a success is a little bit of an understatement.

Thanks to South Florida State College for organizing the Games once again.
We had the largest turnout ever with 471 competitors, 112 of them competing in multiple events.
They took home a pile of medals: 254 gold, 136 silver and 79 bronze.

Thanks to our coordinators (and all of their helpers) for making the Games a success:
Bridge – Pat Reich
Golf – Bill Davis
Swimming – Megan Wolfe
Shuffleboard – Gary Sorko & Dan Noble
Euchre – Carl Mys
Pickleball – Tom Stadler
Bowling – Jean Barwick
Table Tennis – Bruce Lydy
Mah Jongg – Sandy Haka
Cycling – Dan Andrews
Track & Field – Chet Brojek
Tennis – Earl Maslin

Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make the Games a better experience for all who took part.
Gold: Edward Jones/Alan Holmes, Newsom Eye.
Silver Turner Furniture, Drs. Thakkar & Patel, VITAS Healthcare, Florida Hospital
Bronze: Alan Jay Automotive Network.
This year we served approximately 500 lunches and, with the continued support of our sponsors, plan to serve even more next year.

A special thank you is extended to the venues that hosted us:
Hometown America’s Tanglewood – bridge, euchre, pickleball and mah jongg.
Spring Lake Golf Resort – golf
Highlands County YMCA – swimming
Avon Park Seniors Activity Center- shuffleboard
Bowl Of Fun Lanes – bowling
Crystal Lake Club – table tennis
Sun N Lake – cycling
Avon Park H.S. – track & field
Highlands County Tennis Association – Thakkar Tennis Center – tennis

With the support of the local media, more people are learning about the Heartland Games For Active Adults.
A huge thank you goes to Allen Moody and Romona Washington at the Highlands News-Sun and Highlands Sun for their extensive coverage of the Games.
Thanks to Morning Dave at Sebring’s Lite105.7 for his post game updates and to Chris Pinson at WWOJ 99.1 in Sebring.
The support of other media outlets is also appreciated. The Arcadian in Arcadia, The Herald Advocate in Wauchula, The Ledger in Lakeland the Okeechobee News in Okeechobee and WOKC in Okeechobee all helped to spread the word about the Heartland Games.

Those who finished in the top five in their age/gender group in athletic events have qualified to represent the Heartland at the 2018 Florida Senior Games to be held in Clearwater from December 1 to 9. Participants are responsible for registering themselves.

Next year, horseshoes will be re-introduced to our local Games and coordinated by Larry Detro at the Lee Palmer Horseshoe Courts in downtown Sebring.
The Sebring Rec Center courts will host shuffleboard and even more players will be able to compete.
Table tennis is moving from Crystal Lake Club to the Sebring Rec Center which will provide space for more tables.
Tropical Harbor in Lake Placid will be home for mah jongg next year to give players in Lake Placid a venue closer to home.

Watch your e-mail, like us on Facebook at Heartland Games For Active Adults and check the website at heartlandgames for many more details in the coming months.

All events will be held in February on the dates shown below.
2nd – Golf
5th – Euchre
6th – Shuffleboard
7th – Table Tennis
9th – Doubles Pickleball
10th – Mixed Doubles Pickleball
11th – Singles Bowling
15th – Mah Jongg
16th – Cycling
18th – Doubles and Mixed Doubles Bowling
21st – Bridge
23rd – Track & Field
25th – Swimming
26th – Singles tennis
27th – Doubles Tennis
28th – Mixed Doubles Tennis

How can you help in the next 10 months?
Train for your event(s) and one more.
Tell a neighbour, friend or competitor about the Games.
Celebrate the 2018 successes of your community members.
Ask to have an item included in your community/club newsletter in the fall.
Ask to speak about the Games at a coffee hour.

Stay healthy.
It will be great to have you back with us in 2019.

Neil Simpson

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