Polk County Senior Games announces 2024 ambassador

Published 12:17 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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POLK COUNTY—Polk County Senior Games and SilverArts recently announced Joe Primus as the ambassador for the 2024 Senior Games season, marking a significant milestone for both Primus and the Senior Games Movement in the county.

Polk County Senior Games, initiated in 2020, is an integral part of the broader North Carolina Senior Games, which commenced in 1983 with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and wellness education program for adults aged 55 and better (now 50+). With 52 local Senior Games locations serving all 100 counties in North Carolina, the program has grown into a statewide phenomenon.

The Senior Games Ambassadors play a crucial role in advocating for healthy and active aging. Through personal stories and as Senior Games athletes, they serve as inspirational figures, encouraging participation in sports, fitness, volunteerism and peer-to-peer educational opportunities.

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Primus will share his experiences, showcase his skills and serve as a role model for his peers and the wider community. His contributions will extend to making outreach to prospective athletes, participating in speaking opportunities and engaging in events that promote the goals of the Polk County Senior Games.

Organized by Polk County Health and Human Services Agency’s Division of Senior Services and sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, Polk County Senior Games and SilverArts offer participants the opportunity to qualify for State Finals in the fall. Every two years, State Finals qualifiers have the chance to represent North Carolina at the National Senior Games.

“When given the opportunity to appoint a new ambassador for our local games, our planning committee knew exactly who we wanted to nominate,” said Julie Parker, the Senior Games Coordinator for Polk County Senior Services. “Over the past two years, Joe has been integral in promoting our local games. He is a joy to everyone he encounters, and we are proud to have him representing Polk County Senior Games!” 

Residents are invited to join Polk County Senior Games in celebrating the spirit of active aging and fostering a sense of community through sports and the arts, and to come and witness why thousands of senior adults participate across the state, embracing the motto of Polk County Senior Games: Fun-Fitness-Family-Friends-Fellowship!

For more information on the Polk County Senior Games and SilverArts, contact 828-894-0001.


Submitted by Haley Suskauer