OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro retirement community called Concordia Life Care Community has been competing in their own Olympic Games all week.
Everything from the javelin throw to bean bag toss is used to inspire residents to be active.
Their event is called the 2016 Concordia Summer Olympics, and all of the athletes are 62 years old and older.
Residents are divided into teams representing six countries, and the competition is intense.
KFOR talked with one resident who said he petitioned for rugby and beach volleyball to be added to the competition.
“They told me that there weren’t enough ambulances in Oklahoma to cover the rugby and there wasn’t enough material in Oklahoma City to cover the bikinis for beach volleyball,” said Clyde Buchanann, a resident.
Buchanann said competing in their own version of the Games is taking them back to their childhood.
“It brings back the camaraderie we had in sports in high school and, as we go through life, we become isolated a little bit, self-centered, and here we come back as a group, we come back as friends,” Buchanann said.
A vision of unity these residents are noticing in Rio, too.
“We can see athletes from Russia hugging somebody from the United States, somebody from Greece hugging somebody from Turkey,” Buchanann said.
The staff members here hope the event continues to inspire their residents.
“I just hope they take away that they can do it. I know they’re elderly, but they are young at heart, and they can do any sport,” said Megan Carter, Concordia Lifestyles Coordinator.
Playing sports beyond the competition, but for friendship and overall health.
“Excitement, love for everybody. I really enjoy these people here, they have been my wonderful neighbors,” said Joan Quatro, resident.
Concordia Life Care Community serves adults 62 years of age and older and has about 200 residents.