Participants prepare for Senior Games

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 400 seniors from ages 55 to 97 will be participating in the annual Senior Games next week.

A few of those seniors started practicing with some croquet matches at Cumberland Park Saturday morning.

The game was introduced at last year’s event, and has become quite popular. A total of 56 seniors signed up for croquet this year, including 81-year-old Carol Spahr.

She said she hasn’t played croquet for the past 40 years, but swinging the mallet and hitting the ball through the wicket makes her feel as vigorous as ever.

“They don’t know what they’re missing if they don’t get up and go,” said Spahr. “I think it’s a lot of fun”

Spahr said she’ll also be playing softball and throwing the discus during the games next week.

The opening ceremony will take place Monday, June 9 at 8 a.m.

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