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East Texas Senior Games bring joy to all involved

They practice months for it - the day hundreds of East Texas seniors put their spelling, walking and throwing skills to the test. At the East Texas Senior Games, it doesn't matter how you finish. Everyone's a winner.

"On your mark, get set, go... "

And, they're off - in their wheelchairs, with their walkers and for many on their own two feet.

Jimmy Clayton is a resident of Reunion Plaza Senior Care Center in Tyler.

Her helpers say she's a strong woman and with a little motivation this morning - in the form of a ten dollar bill. Jimmy crossed the finish line first.

"Motivation has to be brought from all points, you understand. This is one of our clients and this is her day," said AJ Johnson.  

"It was fun. Yeah, it was fun," said Clayton.

Dorothy Hair - she's a pro when it comes to the electric wheelchair race.

"Three years in a row I've won," said Hair.

These seniors have all kinds of talents. Dominoes,  a 42 tournament, even spelling.

"A chance to compete with residents from other facilities, a chance to be with seniors from other facilities," said Shannon Kennedy.

And most of all, have some fun.

This is the Senior Games' 27th year. There were residents from almost 30 assisted living centers across East Texas.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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