Residents from Cherry Ridge and Lagniappe nursing homes competed in the Louisiana Nursing Home Olympics held Friday at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
Around 30 nursing homes were signed up for the games which featured several competitive events including spectator, beanbag toss, horseshoes, chariot race, shot put, discus throw and Socrates trivia. The residents arrived around 8 a.m. to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals which were awarded in the evening.
“My residents are all having such a good time,” Cherry Ridge Activities Director Sandy Dunlap said. “They are all looking forward to lunch from Sonic.”
The discuss throw which is normally held outdoors had to be held inside due to the rain which organizers announced over the loud speaker that this may cause a few delays. Minus a few stray Frisbees, this minor setback didn't appear to throw the residents off their game.
“Despite the rain coming in, we're having a good time,” Lagniappe team helper Leslie Albritton said at 10 a.m.. “We're mostly dried off by this point.”
The event as a whole ended around 1 p.m. and several of the nursing homes arranged for transportation for residents that were tired and wanted to leave early.
In the end, Cherry Ridge took home one medal. Resident Cheryl Tillie took home silver in the women's 55 and older hands only chariot race.
The Lagniappe team ended up taking home three medals. Resident Albert Thomas got the bronze medal in the men's 54 and under beanbag toss. Resident Dondi Jones took home silver in the women's 54 and under horseshoes event and Sandra Cole got the gold medal in the women's 55 and older hands only chariot race.