Seniors take part in 2nd annual Wii Bowling Tournament

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging held is second annual Wii Bowling Tournament Tuesday at The Mall at Turtle Creek.

Around 90 seniors battled for the winning trophy in a double elimination match.

East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, Jane Overall, says Wii bowling has become very popular in the senior centers. "They just enjoy playing it so much in the centers we decided to put together a tournament. Last year, we had tremendous success and wanted to repeat it. Best Buy helped to make this event possible for us because they were kind enough to furnish the televisions for us."

Lepanto resident Mary Slack is no stranger to Wii bowling, "I love this Wii bowling. We bowl at our center. I'm not real good at it, but I love it."

Overall says activities like this are very beneficial to senior citizens. "Besides being fun this is pretty good exercise for them. We like to see them up moving around using those muscles and this helps them improve balance and coordination and they just have a great time visiting and interacting with other centers in the area."

This is Slack's second year to participate in the tournament. "I love to meet different people, lots of new friends. And I like the sport." Slack says she thinks all senior should get involved in something like this. "I think anybody that is lonesome at home would love to do this and I would recommend it to anybody. You get to meet new friends and get exercise. I love all kinds of sports and I think this is good for a person to be out and doing this."

Anyone 60 or older can participate. If you would like to be on a Wii Bowling team, you can sign up at your local senior center.

For more information about the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, you can log onto their website.

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