‘Amazing to be here today’: 6th Westminster Games features celebration of active living

Residents from throughout Westminster Communities of Florida enjoyed outdoor festivities, games and fitness opportunities at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg

With lawn games, live music, dancing and more outdoor fun, the Sixth Westminster Games was celebrated on Friday at Eckerd College’s Go Pavilion. More than 350 residents and team members from Westminster Communities of Florida’s communities throughout Florida came to enjoy some friendly competition. At the end of the day, their objective was to have fun in the great outdoors!

The Westminster Games showcase Westminster Communities of Florida’s active lifestyle, featuring their exclusive MyWLife program for wellbeing of body, mind and soul. Residents enjoyed a fun and active experience, supported by Eckerd College students and faculty, plus live music provided by the Bus Stop Band and a special salsa dance.

“It’s amazing to be here today, after such a long hiatus,” said Garry Hennis, Chief Operating Officer. Hennis welcomed the more than 350 participants back to Eckerd College for the first time since 2020. “I want to hear you say it with me: We are Westminster!”

Chief Executive Officer Terry Rogers announced that this year’s Westminster Games set a record for attendance. “It is so good to be with you, live and in person!” Rogers said. “This is the largest Westminster Games we have ever had, with more than 350 of you. Today is going to be fun!” Then, Rogers opened the games with the ceremonial cry: “Let the games begin!”

Attendees competed as teams by community in a variety of games to celebrate active living and wellbeing for seniors, with horseshoes, ring toss, corn hole, ladder ball and croquet.

Following the games, residents enjoyed a group salsa dance, facilitated by the Westminster Resident Experience team and led by Monica Bermudez from Westminster Woods on Julington Creek.

The winning team of the Sixth Westminster Games was Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, followed by Westminster Winter Park in second place and Westminster Shores in third place. One resident, Sandy at Westminster Shores, had the highest overall score with 21 points.

“Congratulations to all the winners!” said Jim Polaski, Senior Vice President of Operations.

Congratulations to the Westminster Woods on Julington Creek team, and all the residents of Westminster Communities of Florida, for joining us in celebrating active living.

Westminster Communities of Florida, the state’s largest not-for-profit provider of active senior living, emphasizes whole-person wellbeing for its older adult residents. With communities in Bradenton, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Winter Park, the organization serves more than 7,000 residents statewide with a lifestyle featuring active living, wellness and lifelong learning.

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