Seniors compete in variety of sports

By Justin Felder - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University is used to hosting sporting events.  Friday's competitors ran out of college eligibility long ago, but are nowhere near out of athletic ability.

"The experience is great," said Myrtle Beach's Jolyn Kuhn. "There are people our own age we can compete with; I'm not competing with kids half my age.  It's awesome."

Kuhn was one of about 300 seniors competing in the Waccamaw Sports Classic for Seniors, held at Coastal Carolina.  The athletes competed in a variety of events, from exercise bingo to the 100-yard dash.

"These guys are good," said Conway's Billy Gagum as he watched 3 on 3 basketball.  "They're good.  They've got the age, but they've got the experience."

The event was staffed mostly by volunteers, many of whom were students at area colleges.

"I came in at lunch, just started talking to some of the men and women here," said Horry-Georgetown Technical College student Kevin Magoon.  "They're excited to be here.  One of my [fraternity] brothers said it best, this is the most fun we've had in a while."

There was plenty of fun, but there was certainly a spirit of competition as well.  Many competitors came with their spouses, making for a little family rivalry.

"My wife and I are both athletic," said Myrtle Beach's Stew Strothers.  "[My wife] thinks she's better than me, but I'm better!  No, no, she's a better athlete."

The event was a partnership between parks and recreation departments in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

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