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Senior Olympics gets support from Davenport campus

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This year, Palmer College’s Davenport campus was a Bronze Sponsor of the annual Quad Cities Senior Olympics, June 22-24. While many of the events took place on the Augustana College campus in Rock Island, Ill., other events occurred in different areas around the Quad Cities. The table tennis tournaments were held on Palmer’s Davenport campus.

“The Senior Olympics is a lot of fun and is a great event for our area,” said Lisa Killinger, D.C., Chair of the Department of Diagnosis and Radiology, who serves as the coordinator of Health Services and is on the Board of Directors for the QC Senior Olympics.

“Many of the events are non-athletic, such as quilting, singing, poetry and painting, which allow for the less athletic also to participate. But my favorite is the javelin throw. It’s fantastic to see 80-year-old women throwing javelins!”

People over 50 were eligible to participate. Last year, a 95-year-old woman threw the shot put and an 85-year-old man ran the 5K race. New this year were special exhibition events for soccer and track/field in which anyone over 40 could participate. Known as one of the best run Senior Olympics in the nation, the Quad Cities event is filled with more than 100 events.

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