July 2, 1999 Geneva, NY — More than 500 veterans, 400 volunteers, and hundreds of spectators are expected to converge on the Hobart and William Smith campus when the Colleges host the 1999 National Veterans Golden Age Games from August 7 until 12. This is the first time the national games will be held in New York State. The Games are a multi-event sports and recreational competition for veterans, age 55 and older, who are currently receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Colleges 180-acre campus overlooking Seneca Lake will accommodate recreational sporting events including swimming, bicycling, horseshoes, croquet, a pentathlon (softball hit, discus, shot-put, basketball free throw, and airguns), and more. Many of the participants will stay in campus housing and compete in open, wheelchair, and visually impaired divisions based on age categories.
David Krueger, coordinator of the 1999 Games and supervisory recreation therapist at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, believes the HWS campus is an ideal location. “The beautiful Finger Lakes region is an ideal setting for this program, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer excellent facilities for the various events,” he said.
For more information, contact David Krueger at the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua at 716: 396-7204. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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