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Happy Thanksgiving to All!


 2012 Calendar 

February 15 - 20
Palm Desert International Sports Festival and Senior Games 

March 10 - 11

Second Annual California Senior Olympic Winter Games, Bear Valley

March 10 - April 7
Bay Area Senior Games / California State Championships, Stanford*

May (tbd)
San Diego North Senior Games

June 2 - July 1

Pasadena Senior Games

MAY 31 - June 10
Wine Country Senior Games

September (tbd)
San Diego Senior Games

September 28 - October 5
Inland Empire Senior Games


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As we look toward Thanksgiving and the holidays, on behalf of the California Senior Games Association Board of Directors, I want to wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings and to share some thoughts passed on to me by a good friend. 

In additon, registrations for the 2012 Games are open - and this news contains a few updates regarding the 2012 schedule.

So to our California Senior Games Family - Happy Thanksgiving ... and once more we applaud and commend your continuing commitment to exercise, to being inspired to do your best and achieve your potential.


Chair - California Senior Games Association

1960 Olympian    



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Palm Desert
 On-Line Registration for Palm Desert International Sports Festival Now Open

Dates: February 15 - 20, 2012
Sports: 22
New this year: Adaptive Athletics 

Update from Pasadena

Pasadena Senior Games
June 2 - July 1, 2012
27 Athletic Events for Men and Women 50+
The Pasadena Senior Games will serve as the qualifying site for the 2013 National Games in Cleveland for Pickleball and Shuffleboard.
The tentative 2012 Schedule of Events and the 2011 Results Book are currently posted at  - click on Events and then Senior Games.  A Save-the-Date card will be mailed to all California athletes on February 15, 2012.  Registration will open on March 1st.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Rosedale - (626) 685-6724 or
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California State Games Championships Registration is Open!

California Senior Games Championships (aka Bay Area Senior Games), March 10 - April 7, 2012.  On-line registration is open at

This is the qualifing meeting for California athletes for the 2013 Summer National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday........

It acknowledges the best qualities of our great land - hard work, diversity as strength, and a focus on solutions not problems.

Whenever I am feeling down about America's prospects in this brave new world of ours, I reflect on Thanksgiving's timeless lessons.

As every school boy and girl knows, Thanksgiving traces its origin from a 1621 Pilgrim harvest feast to celebrate surviving an extremely difficult first winter in the New World.

The Pilgrims owed their survival to the goodwill of the Wampanoag Indians - the original inhabitants of the area - who taught them how to grow corn and how to fish in the very unfamiliar New England soil and seas.

As a gesture of thanks and goodwill, the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoags to sit down and break bread in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

What a story. First, let's reflect on the guts, tenacity, sense of adventure, and just "never say die" hard work and perseverance of the Pilgrims.

Think about it - if they can make it then with their oh-so limited 17th Century resources, what can we do, where can we go with our virtually limitless 21st Century ones?

And let's reflect on that happy day of brotherhood and be justifiably proud of the powerful diversity of modern America.

Doubt me? Then spend a Saturday with my 5 year-old son Jay Jay's AYSO soccer team.  

With its Hawaiian coach.

Its son of Ethiopian refugees star player.

And its African - American, Mexican - American and suburban white kid players all happily frolicking in a melting pot scene not to be duplicated virtually anywhere in the world.

Soccer with my sons is a welcome break from what I am sad to say has become a bad, gossipy vice - keeping up with the "news."

Between the dire talk of deficits, debt crises, unemployment, crime dramas, and natural disasters, if you don't catch yourself you can't help but feel sorry for yourself, the country, and the planet.

It is 99% bunk.

Both the world and America have NEVER offered more opportunities for a larger percentage of
us to live affluent lives, to do self-expressive, remunerative work, and to be amazed daily by the wonders of modern technology and entertainment than it does right now.

This Thursday, let's give thanks for all that and more.

"words of wisdom from a friend"


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Thanks to all of you for your dedication to sport and competition. You are truly representative of our slogan, "the competition never ends"!