MISSION AND HISTORY
The Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games & SilverArts organization was launched in 2007 with the first Senior Games taking place in 2008. We are a non-profit organization (501-C3) sanctioned by the
North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. which began In 1983 with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and education program for North Carolinians 50 years of age and better. Today, we continue to share this vision in Cherokee and Clay counties along with the other 52 Local Games programs that serve 60,000 participants in all 100 counties across the state.
Senior Games promotes and encourages seniors to stay fit in body, mind and spirit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators, and volunteers. You can choose from over 40 athletic events like Track and Field, Swimming, Pickleball, Tennis, Cycling and more! And you don't need to be an "athlete". Come join us and and play Bocce ball, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Corn Toss, Table Tennis, Golf and Bowling because our goal is simple - "Fun, Fitness, Fellowship and Family".
In addition to athletic events we offer a SilverArts competition. This is a "Celebration of the Creative Expression of Seniors". You can choose from over 35 Artistic categories to participate in including Photography, Painting, Dancing, Singing, Writing, Woodworking, Quilting and Pottery just to name a few!
Those who qualify in each event are invited to participate each fall in the Senior Games State Finals held in Raleigh and other venues. Every two years, the State Finals sports events winners qualify to represent North Carolina at the National Senior Games. The National Games do not include the SilverArts competition.
Our local games serve Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties where competitors must be resident for a minimum of three (3) consecutive months and must be 50 years of age or better on or before December 31, of the current year.
LOCAL SENIOR GAMES
Participants in all 100 North Carolina counties compete in 52 local games programs each spring.
STATE FINALS SENIOR GAMES
All qualifiers from the local Senior Games are invited to participate in the State Finals held each fall in Raleigh and other venues.
NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES
The National Senior games is held every 2 years for competitors who qualified in the previous year's State Finals. The National Games do not include the SilverArts competition.