The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) includes more than 60 events that exercise the mind as well as the body. To qualify for the NVSO, the individual must be at least 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2018. The deadline for online registration at www.nvso.us is Aug. 24.
Paper registrations, available at most county recreation and senior centers, must be postmarked no later than Aug. 20. There will be no onsite or day of event registration.
The games are scheduled to commence Saturday, Sept. 15 and end Sept. 26.
The NVSO began in 1982 with about 80 entrants. In 2017 nearly 800 Northern Virginians took part. The NVSO is one of the largest annual senior events in the region. Last year’s oldest medal winner was 101-years-old.
This year, the NVSO is adding three new events: canasta at The Jefferson in Arlington; croquet at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington: and beach ball wallyball at the Providence RECenter in Falls Church. (Wallyball is like volleyball but played in a racquetball court, where it is legal to hit the ball off of the walls.)
The NVSO’s basic registration fee is $13. A fee of $2 is added for each event entered. Some events require additional fees including bowling, cycling, golf and orienteering.
The NVSO is also seeking volunteers to help at its venues across Northern Virginia. Those interested in volunteering should contact RSVP Northern Virginia at 703-403-5360 or email RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a complete list of events and venues, visit www.nvso.us The NVSO is a joint project of the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William.