TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Now in its 28th year, the Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, is in its eighth location, the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, for the 2019 and 2020 Games.
Bringing the annual Games to different locations is not only prosperous for Florida communities, it’s a chance for Florida’s Senior athletes, age 50 and over, to experience all the reasons to Come Play in Florida.
With over 30 municipalities in Broward County, each of the communities have sports facilities that rank among the best in the state.
“All roads in the state of Florida lead to quality sports facilities for athletes to train and compete,” said Marvin E. Green, Jr., the Director of Amateur Sports for the Florida Sports Foundation. “For the next two years, Florida’s senior athletes will Bring Their Game to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area to share good times with fellow competitors on and off the playing field.”
The Ansin Sports Complex, in Miramar, treats Florida Senior Games track and field athletes to an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified facility. The facility is located on a 24-acre property with a Stadium setting that has a 5,000 plus seating capacity. The 400-meter standard track, with an FTX Mondo Surface, features an eight-lane oval and nine-lane straightaway. The facility has plenty of room for all field events including the hammer throw and pole vault. Aside from the track facility, the Ansin Sports Complex has a 9,000 square foot Community Center with concession stands and locker rooms complete with showers for all competitors.
The Ansin Sports Complex hosted the 2019 USATF U20 Outdoor Championships and the event will return in 2020. The facility also hosted the 2014 U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials which saw athletes ages 16-17 compete for a spot on the Americas Youth Olympic Team for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The 2011 and 2014 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships were held at the Miramar facility.
The Coral Springs Aquatic Center is a world-class facility that has earned a top-quality reputation as a national and international training site, with a state-of-the-art Myrtha competition pool. Its 50-meter competition pool and 25-meter FINA designed pool brings more than 600,000 visitors to the Aquatic Center annually. It has been the host of the Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships for the last five years with as many as 60 teams competing over three days of games.
As one of South Florida’s premier sports complexes, the DS Sports Plex, in Deerfield Beach, serves as the host of basketball, pickleball and volleyball. The DS Sports Plex has created a state-of-the-art venue and elite training facility. It has the ability to host major tournaments and corporate/private events, along with recreational league play in a variety of sports. The Overlook Sports Lounge has panoramic views of all court action where fans can drink, dine and socialize in a fun and comfortable setting.
One of the most impressive amenities to be found at the Vernon E. Hargay Youth Enrichment Center, in Miramar, is the 10,000 square foot gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts. As the host for powerlifting and bag toss, the Center features amenities including a computer lab, weight room, boxing room, conference room, concession stand, offices for administrative staff, as well as male and female restrooms with showers and locker rooms to accommodate tournament teams.
Strikers Family Sports Complex, in Davie, is a family-friendly bowling establishment offering guests a complete entertainment experience that includes 40 lanes of bowling, a contemporary food menu, full bar, and vibrant arcade. Recent venue renovations have added a new and expanded kitchen which inspired a revamped menu with everything from pizza and wings to eclectic food truck-inspired items that are updated seasonally. A completely redesigned bar area offers more comfortable seating along with six big screen TVs for optimal viewing pleasure.
Plantation’s Jacaranda Golf Club provides the two best golf courses South Florida has to offer. The East and West championship courses have earned a Four-Star rating in Golf Digest and are host to many PGA, USGA, and FSGA Championship Events. Located in Plantation, the courses provide a challenging round of golf that tests both physical ability and mental agility. The semi-private club has the ability to organize and host public tournaments and corporate outings.
The Tennis Center of Coral Springs consists of 12 green Har-Tru and 4 DecoTurf courts. This award-winning facility was built in three phases beginning in 1993 to handle the demands of the local tennis community. It has hosted the ATP event, America’s Red Clay Championships. When the Tennis Center was completed in 1995, it received the USTA’s Outstanding Facility Award and Tennis Industry’s Court of the Year for municipal facilities.
The City of Coral Springs also operates the Cypress Park Tennis Center that features eight hard courts. By member request, the red clay courts have been converted to 12 green Har-Tru hydrocourts.
Fort Lauderdale Archers is a 40-acre, five-star rated club with a 90-meter Fita range, a lighted practice range consisting of targets from 10-yards to 80-yards, three national 3-D courses, a 28-target field course and a FITA / 900 Round competition course. While the club has been in existence since 1950, it moved to its current location in 1985.
The Broward Table Tennis Club, in Hollywood, is a player’s home away from home. This facility has 15 tables and two Negwy robot tables resting on the world class Chinese red floor. Each court is barriered and illuminated with six-mirrored florescent lights. The Club provides a lounge, with couches, tables, flat screen TV and wi-fi internet connection overlooking the playing area so family and friends can relax while watching play. Additionally, there is a dining room and kitchen with snack machines. The facility also has a shower for those needing to freshen up for an after play.
The Susan and Paul Suid Racquetball Center at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, in Davie, has four courts located within the facility commonly called “The J,” by locals. Amenities of “The J,” include a state-of-the-art fitness center, aquatics, basketball, tennis, racquetball/handball, dance, yoga, indoor running/walking track, martial arts, batting cages, personal and group training. The facility also hosts a variety of community events.
Davie’s Beyond Billiards offers 21 tables in a non-smoking atmosphere earning it the moniker of the “Best Pool Hall in South Florida.”
For 10 days in December, Florida Senior Games athletes will compete in the best the Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The 2019 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, is the first of three years of Olympic-style Sports Festivals through 2021. The 2020 Florida Senior Games will also be held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as well as the 2021 National Senior Games.
The 2019 Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, will be held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, December 6-15, for athletes age 50 and over. Registration is currently open for 23 sports with information available at www.floridaseniorgames.com. Registration fees vary by sport and the online registration deadline is November 17.
About the Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana
The Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, are presented annually by the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF), the state’s lead sports promotion and development organization, and a division of Enterprise Florida, Inc. The Foundation works in conjunction with a variety of local sports industry partners to present the different competitions. The Florida Senior Games, presented by Humana, an annual amateur sports tradition in Florida, is part of the state’s $57.4 billion sports industry that accounts for 580,000 jobs statewide.