Ashley Hadley, representing Chesapeake Energy, received a special gold medal and a resounding “thank you” for her organization’s involvement as a sponsor of the 20th annual Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics from District Coordinator Doyle Blasingame during the Athletes Celebration at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Wednesday. Click photo to enlarge.
The 20th renewal of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics could be remembered as the second-best ever –if you are looking at sheer numbers alone. This year’s edition drew 549 participants, off from 2011’s 570.
But District Coordinator Doyle Blasingame and the rest of the Steering Committee won’t let No. 20 take a backseat. “It was THE best ever,” was the consensus, numbers notwithstanding. Surges in the Bean Bag Baseball attendance and new bowling events added to the calendar and the unsurpassed Opening Ceremony and Health Fair at Horseshoe Casino and closing Wednesday at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs left the 2012 edition in a class by itself. It is estimated the Opening/Fair drew more than 600 attendees in the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome. And the Athletes Celebration drew a record crowd, too.
Blasingame said solid support from businesses and organizations such as Chesapeake Energy, Landers Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, Bellaire Fitness Center, State Farm Insurance, Citizens National Bank, Home and Office Storage and Knights of Columbus Bossier Council 4873 as well as the Casino and Louisiana Downs added to the success story. That support, financially and in kind, helped the district insure itself and overcome the loss of insurance coverage available in the past through the parent organization, the LSOG.
Blasingame thanked the participants especially during the Athletes Celebration windup. “Without you, there would be no reason for the games,” he said. And somewere in the background, there was an invitation for 2013 to COME JOIN OUR FUN!
Here’s a look at district attendance in years past: