Over 50? Get out and get active

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), along with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is launching the Lowcountry Master Games in January.


The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), along with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department is launching the Lowcountry Master Games in January.

The Lowcountry Master Games will feature a different sport or event each month this year. The games, which include basketball, softball, racquetball, golf, bocce, table tennis, track and field, along with several others, will be held at different locations throughout the greater Charleston area.

The Lowcountry Master Games is a cooperative program of local park and recreation agencies dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for athletes age 50 and over.

“As the fastest growing segment of our population, the 50-plus market deserves attention,” CCPRC’s Fitness and Wellness Program Manager Allison Foster said. “Powerful, active, and competitive 50-plussers are redefining age as we know it. They personify the adage ‘age is just a number.’ Most are living longer, healthier, more productive lives with little thought of slowing down. The Lowcountry Master Games capitalizes on this trend.”

The program begins Jan. 28 with bowling. The Town of Mount Pleasant’s Recreation Department is the sponsoring agency hosting the inaugural event in the series. A complete schedule listing each sport or activity along with the time, date, location and associated fees is available online at www.lowcountrymasters.com.

Participants will compete in the following age groups: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80-plus. CCPRC staff reserve the right to combine age and gender divisions if registration numbers require it.

The website will provide direct access for those interested in learning more about the programs and for registration information. Registration can also be completed in person at the recreation department or agency hosting the event. Participating agencies include the City of Charleston Department of Recreation, City of North Charleston Recreation Department, Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, Isle of Palms Recreation Department and St. Andrews Parks and Recreation Department.

During the month of January, participate in the Lowcountry Master Games Bowling Tournament. It will be held Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. at Sparian’s River Bowl

613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant. The cost is $21 a player.

Register in person at the Mount Pleasant Senior Center, 840 Von Kolnitz Road, Mount Pleasant or by phone at 843-856-2166.

The Lowcountry Master Games are presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and supporting sponsor Glasspro. For more information on the Lowcountry Master Games, visit www.lowcountrymasters.com or contact one of the participating agencies.

Participating agencies

• Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission Park and Program Services at 843-795-4386

• City of Charleston Recreation Department, Frances Deschenes at 843-724-7336 or Robin Cooper at 843-724-3747

• City of Isle of Palms Recreation Department, Ben Hull at 843-886-8294

• Town of Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, Rhea Pitts or Sherrie Pompeii at 843-856-2166

• North Charleston Recreation Department, Belinda Swindler at 843-745-1028

• St. Andrew’s Parks & Playgrounds, Brian Burke at 843-763-3850

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