Wednesday, April 10, 2013
If the Intergenerational Games had a slogan, it could be "age ain't nothin' but a number."
The games, put on by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency for the past 10 years, bring members of multiple generations together by joining them up and pitting them against each other.
Sixty third graders from Cook Elementary School joined 60 adult volunteers recently at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Each third grader partnered with an adult and they took on took on basic school-yard challenges.
From hula hooping, to paddle ball to ultimate frisbee, the games, say organizers, are a chance for all generations to compete and have a great time doing it.
Hoagy Carmichael, a 73-year-old adult volunteer, paired up with 9-year-old Ethan Hermosilla, a boy with a knack for soccer.
After 10 years of volunteering with the Intergenerational Games, Carmichael said he's learned that each child that participates has something share.
"With each kid," Carmichael said," you remember a little something about them."
Aside from the games themselves, children who participate learn about healthy eating, how to get more fruits and vegetables into their diet and how aging doesn't necessarily limit one's abilities.