‘Celebrating life, purpose, happiness and health’ at the 2024 Westminster Games

Residents from Westminster Communities of Florida’s senior living communities enjoyed outdoor festivities, games and fitness opportunities at Eckerd College

ST. PETERSBURG, February 23, 2024 – With lawn games, live music, dancing and more outdoor fun, the Eighth Westminster Games was celebrated on Friday at Eckerd College. More than 300 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.

Chief Executive Officer Terry Rogers opened this year’s Westminster Games. “It’s that time of year again— time to unleash your inner Olympian!” said Rogers. “And it is time to celebrate this beautiful community and family that we have. Each of you plays a role in making this day amazing. Today is not all about winning the medals, it’s also about celebrating life, purpose, happiness and health. With hearts full of excitement and a shared spirit of good sportsmanship, let us officially declare the games open. Let the games begin!”

“On this beautiful day, we shout for joy, mindful of our many blessings,” said Doug McMahon, Chaplain of Eckerd College. “Let us go forth to love our neighbor and make a difference in our world.”

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 boxing exercise, facilitated by the Westminster Resident Experience team and led by Steve Gallagher.

The winning team of the Eighth Westminster Games was Westminster Winter Park, followed by Westminster Towers and Westminster Shores. The spirit award for best team cheer was also won by Westminster Winter Park, which earned them an additional 5 points in the judging.

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

We congratulate Westminster Winter Park, 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, Lakeland, 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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