Seniors participate in Delray Beach Senior Games, quality for state competition

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By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
A total of 110 pickleball players from across South Florida recently participated in the 27th Annual Delray Beach Senior Games, a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games State Championships, which will be held Dec. 3-11, in Clearwater.
While the 2016 edition of the Delray Beach Senior Games was dominated by pickleball play at Pompey Park, 1102, NW Second St., and Delray Beach Community Center, 50 NW First Ave, events for basketball skills, billiards, bowling, Croquet, golf, swimming, racewalk and track & field, took place at venues across Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.
“I started playing pickleball about two years ago. I would describe pickleball as mix of tennis, ping pong and racquetball,” said Jack Donadio, a resident of Palm Isles in Boynton Beach. “Pickleball is easier on my knees than tennis. I play about three times a week.”
Donadio won two medals in the competition.
Tony Guerriero of Venetian Isles in Boynton Beach is also a converted racquetball player enjoying the sport and Jeffrey Frantz drove all the way up from Miami Lakes to participate in the Delray Beach Senior Games pickleball competition.
The Delray Beach Senior Games had competitors participate from age 50 all the way up to the age of 88 and the event promoted goodwill, good sportsmanship and good health, with a chance in advancing to the Senior State Games.
For more information about competing at the local, state and national levels or starting new local Senior Games can be found at www.flasports.com/florida-senior-games or by contacting the Florida Sports Foundation at 1-866-FLGAMES or MyDelrayBeach.com/parks-and-recreation.