This year, Hyland’s was proud to return as a Silver Sponsor for the 26th annual Huntsman World Senior Games, held October 7th– 19th, 2013 in beautiful St. George, Utah. Since its inception in 1987, The Huntsman Games has established itself as one of the premier sporting events for senior athletes in the United States. This year, the Games supported over 10,000 senior athletes from all over the world as they competed in a wide variety of sporting events ranging from cycling to basketball to cowboy shooting. The Huntsman Games represents the true embodiment of friendly competition, and the permeating message throughout the event emphasizes health, wellness, and peace amongst athletes and nations.
For many attendees, the Senior Games represents a unique opportunity to participate in sporting events that do not always fall into the national spotlight. While more traditional sports such as track & field, cycling, swimming and softball are still widely popular, other events such as Horseshoes, Square Dancing, and Racewalking drew significant numbers of dedicated athletes. Hyland’s was particularly taken with the sport of Pickleball, a fast-paced game combining elements of tennis, badminton, and racquetball. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in North American, and the Huntsman Games is considered one of the premier Pickleball events in the country. The Hyland’s crew was amazed by the wide range of ages and skill levels present at the games, as well as by the camaraderie and generosity displayed by the athletes both on and off the court.
Chances are, unless you live in the Southern Utah desert, you missed spectating the Huntsman Senior Games this year. Not to worry – Hyland’s was on-site throughout the event, and captured much of the excitement through still images and video! One of the most impressive events of the Games was the Opening Ceremony. We were captivated by the music, fireworks, and young singers and dancers of St. George, who stole the show. The keynote speech was presented by Olympic swimmer and Gold medalist Jason Lezak, whose inspirational words and optimistic outlook set the perfect tone for the rest of the games.
In summary, the Huntsman Senior Games was an inspiring, exciting, and overall fantastic experience that the Hyland’s crew was truly honored to be a part of. We met enthusiastic, passionate, and talented senior athletes from all over the world, and learned about some amazing new sports! We were fortunate to be able to capture a significant amount of footage while on-site, and we will continue to share new content as we learn more about the sports, athletes, and personal stories that touched and inspired us. We are excited to expand our content on the Be There, Do That blog as we get closer to next year’s games, and are always looking for new and inspiring information to share. If you have been to the Hunstman Games in the past or are preparing for next year’s games, please feel free to get in touch with us – we want to hear your story!
Until next time,
The Hyland’s Crew