How It All Began

The Senior Games movement first started in Florida when the Golden Age Games were created in Sanford in 1974. Soon after, Local and State Senior Games events began appearing nationwide, especially throughout Florida.

In 1988, the State of Florida appointed a task force to study the Senior Games. The purpose of the committee was to conduct an in-depth investigation on the status of the Senior Games movement in the state and determine what course to follow in the future. The committee determined that the time was right to bring all of the existing Local Senior Games together.

Combining the Games as a series would work to better serve the needs of the seniors regarding participation in local events and would also provide an opportunity to standardize all the Games, thus leading to a State Championship.

In 1992, the first Florida Senior Games State Championships were held in Bradenton. Over the years, the Florida Senior Games continues to grow, and together with the local games, provides fun, fellowship, fitness and competition for Florida’s fastest growing age group. The focus of the Senior Games is not winning, but participating. The Florida Senior Games is dedicated to:

  • Encouraging and promoting healthy lifestyles for Florida’s Seniors
  • Providing Florida’s Seniors with the opportunity to compete at the local, state and national level
  • Providing all senior citizens of Florida with an affordable and quality multi-sport festival they can call their own

Every year, the Florida Sports Foundation sanctions Florida Senior Games Series Qualifiers in Florida, which lead to the Florida Senior Games in December. Every Olympic year, the Florida Senior Games serves as a qualifier for the National Senior Games held every non-Olympic year.

Information on competing at the local, state and national levels can be found on this website or by contacting the Florida Sports Foundation. For information on starting a Series Qualifier, contact the Senior Games and Sunshine State Games Office at 1-866-354-2637 or

Host Communities

1992 Bradenton
1993 Bradenton
1994 Bradenton
1995 Kissimmee / St. Cloud
1996 Kissimmee / St. Cloud
1997 Sarasota
1998 Sarasota
1999 Kissimmee / St. Cloud
2000 Kissimmee / St. Cloud
2001 Polk County
2002 Polk County
2003 The Villages
2004 The Villages
2005 The Villages
2006 Lee County & the City of Cape Coral
2007 Lee County & the City of Cape Coral
2008 Lee County & the City of Cape Coral
2009-10 Lee County & the City of Cape Coral
2011-12 Polk County
2013-14 Lee County
2015-2016 Pinellas County
2017-2018 Pinellas County