Senior citizens participate in virtual bowling tournament

By Alan Kozeluh

Senior citizens bowled their way out of a spring tournament on Wednesday.

DeKalb’s Wii league was set up by the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County. The league is made up of 17 teams of seniors from assisted and independent living facilities and nursing homes throughout the area.

Diana King, director of Senior Services at Family Service Agency, 14 Health Services Drive, said the league has gotten very popular.

“We actually have two divisions now because the league has gotten so big,” King said.

Competition has finished for the spring league, but it will start up again in the summer. The league operates year-round with a break of a few weeks in between tournaments.

Valerie Perez, director of nursing at the assisted living community Heritage Woods of DeKalb, 2626 N. Annie Glidden Road, said the bowlers look forward to the matches every week.

Joe Nation of the Heritage Woods team said he enjoys being able to get away.

“We’re kind of stuck here, so with the bowling league we get to go and visit other places,” Nation said.

King said that the social aspect is one of the biggest advantages of the league.

“If someone has to move to another facility they’ve already developed some relationships,” King said.

Though the atmosphere is friendly, the competition is serious. King said that there are a number of players that consistently bowl perfect 300 games.