UPPER PROVIDENCE >> For the 28th year, the Delaware County Senior Games are once again underway. Bocce kicked off the events Monday morning at Rose Tree Park.

The heavy rains didn’t keep 16 teams from competing on four bocce courts that had been set up by the Italian Abruzzese Asocial of Delco.

“We love it,” said Diana Hudson. “We just do it for the fun.”

Denise Stewart, director of COSA, the County Office of Services for the Aging, said nearly 700 seniors registered for the games, which run through June 22. Events include track and field; shuffleboard; golf; bowling; swimming; billiards; table tennis; horseshoes; pickle ball; wii bowling; and new this year, archery. Any Delaware County resident is eligible to play. COSA organizes the games with the Delaware County Council, along with a big assist from the county Department of Parks and Recreation and Destination Delco Visitor’s Bureau.

“It’s a great way to start active,” said Stewart. “It’s good fun, people get to socialize and get some exercise.”

Delaware County Executive Director Marianne Grace said costs for the event are minimal with most help coming from volunteers. The Lansdowne YMCA runs the swimming events.

“This is my second year, My friends got me into it,” said Sam DelSordo of Springfield, who was one of the contestants throwing Monday morning. ”I’m recovering from a spinal injury I he suffered while skiing. I’m living life, every day. Bad days are good days.”

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