It was a very special occasion when athletes and friends gathered for the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Athletes Celebration May 23 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs’ sumptious Sky Room. Numbering pictures from upper left, Shelia Hunter, SPAR specialist from Airport Park, receives the prestegious Hazel Gay Award for outstanding contribution to Senior Olympics from District Coordinator Doyle Blasingame, who will appear in several of these pictures. (2) Harry Strain receives the Volunteer of the Year Award from Doyle. (3) Margie Bamburg holds the Athletes of the Year Award given her and her husband Dennis. (4) Susan Berry is almost in tears after being named winner of the Most Valuable Player Award (all-round service to the district) from Doyle. (5) The Ken Howard’s Spirit Award, given to those who exhibit sheer joy from competing and who encourage others by their actions, was presented to co-winners Gary Price (center) and Bob Taylor (right) by Steering Committee member Gerry Robichaux (left). (6)) Then it was time for the presentor to be on the receiving end as the steering committee, represented by Marilyn Hainey (left) presented a miniature eagle coming home to rest rendering to Coordinator Blasingame for his untiring effort to keep the District Games running smoothly. (7) Special guest Col. Steve DePyssler, who competed in all events offered in the initial year of the District competition, chats with Dorothy DePanion. Col. DePyssler is 94. (8) And another who dates back to the first district competition in 1992, Frances Hutton, enjoyed the good buffet offered by the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs staff. The Hoopaholics Senior Women’s 3-on-3 basketball team also was recognized at the gathering (see separate web entry). Click photos to enlarge.
May 23, 2012
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