Eight senior veterans are looking to compete in Alaska this June. “The Fighting Totos” out of Leavenworth are planning to travel to Anchorage, Alaska, for the 2019 National Veterans Golden Age Games June 5-10. 

The Golden Age Games are a multi-event sports competition for veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ website, the event is open to veterans 55-older who receive health care from the VA. It began in 1985 and has been hosted in a variety of cities across the country, including Leavenworth in 1997.

The website also says it is the only national multi-event sports and recreation competition program for seniors. It is designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The event also serves as a qualifier for the National Senior Games hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

Events in this year’s games include air rifle, air pistol, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, blind disc golf, chess, corn hole, cycling, adaptive cycling, discus, javelin, shot put, golf, horseshoes, nine-ball, pickleball, power walk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis and track.

Leavenworth’s team, “The Fighting Totos” are looking for help to cover the expenses for the eight-member team to participate. 

For questions, contact Andrew Clark, director, at 913-364-7550. Other contacts for questions include Donna Woods, treasurer, 816-674-9366, Raphael Williams, chairperson, 913-306-3520, or Ron Jacobs, secretary, 913-240-9478.

For more information on the Veteran Golden Age Games, visit www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/national-veterans-golden-age-games/