BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – GreenFields of Geneva opened its sixth annual GreenFields Classic, formerly known as Silver Games, Sept. 23-27, the company announced in a news release.
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Department and Rusty, the Chicago Steel Hockey mascot, helped to kick off the event that pits senior against senior in friendly competition.
Approximately 100 residents of the GreenFields senior living community in Blackberry Township near Geneva participated in 20 events including a free throw contest, home run derby, bocce ball, archery, horseshoes and brain games.
The event encourages exercise of both the body and the brain, the release stated.
Emily Abrahamson, GreenFields’ life enrichment manager, stated in the release that residents look forward to the event “to let their competitive drive kick into gear in a variety of different events.”
“We had residents across all levels of care and ages 70-something to well into the 90s compete,” Abrahamson stated in the release.
New this year was a baseball game between residents of Marklund Hyde Center, and residents of Briarwood Healthcare Center of GreenFields. Independent living residents of GreenFields served as baseball buddies.
The 2019 GreenFields Classic ended with a brunch and a bloody Mary and mimosa bar and live musical entertainment, the release stated.
Community volunteers and sponsors included Chicago Steel Hockey Team, Elburn and Countryside Fire Department, Geneva Park District, Marklund, Morrison Senior Living, Waubonsee Community College, Josef’s Meats and Deli, T2 Asset Management and Geneva Hearing Services.