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Local Senior Games volunteer and participant to represent state


Jeannette Roth (J.R.) was elected to serve as a North Carolina Senior Games Ambassador in December.


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games Steering Committee has selected longtime local games volunteer and participant Jeannette Roth to serve as a North Carolina Senior Games Ambassador, according to a news release issued Monday. 

Ambassadors are an elite group of individuals who have committed themselves to encouraging others in their community and across our state to stay healthy and live better longer through participation in Senior Games programs, according to the news release.

Local games are allowed to select one or two ambassadors each year for a collective training in Cary. Once ambassadors are selected, they may keep that title for as long as they wish. The Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games has 11 ambassadors.

Roth first joined the Senior Games family as a local games and state finals volunteer. Following her nomination, Roth completed collective training earlier this year, and has been working with other ambassadors in recruiting for the upcoming Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games.

Two years ago, Ruth entered the local games in swimming and she currently competes in badminton and SilverArts. When asked about being an Ambassador, Roth pointed to the full spectrum of experiences the games have to offer.

“I think it is critical for seniors to explore their creative side with SilverArts,as well as their athletic side with sports,” Roth said.  “One of my goals is to try to enter something different each year in order to experience everything Senior Games has to offer.”

Greenville-Pitt County Senior Games is one of 52 sanctioned programs serving all 100 counties. North Carolina Senior Games is the statewide Senior Olympics program that motivates participants to stay active and healthy and offers more than 70 athletic and arts events.

The games’ approach to wellness is designed to challenge individuals at their own levels, the release said.  

Other programs available through NCSG include: SilverArts, celebrating the creative talents of North Carolina's senior artists and Silver Striders, an award-winning walking program.

NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and older. It is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services.

For more information regarding the Senior Games, contact Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation at 902-1975, or visit www.ncseniorgames.org.