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Published: June 16, 2013 12:00 AM

National Senior Games

coming to Cleveland

With less two months until the start of the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission recently confirmed that it will host 10,834 athletes -- ages 50 and older -- for two weeks of competition in 19 sports.

With the influx of that many athletes and their families and friends, the Sports Commission also renewed its call for volunteers to assist with this event. Leading up to and throughout the Games, there are more than 7,000 volunteer shifts to fill; with roles and responsibilities ranging from greeters to scorekeepers to managing event entertainment to retrieving javelins during the track and field competition.

Athletes from all 50 states, ranging in age from 50 to 101, will participate in the sports competitions. Ohio-based athletes represent the largest state delegation (1,123 athletes).

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The 2013 Games will utilize a variety of venues throughout Northeast Ohio for both sports and hospitality. Medal-contending competitions. The 2013 National Senior Games is scheduled to begin with the Opening Festival July 19 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., during which the lighting of the Senior Games cauldron is set to take place on Mall B in downtown Cleveland -- next to the Convention Center. The Opening Festival will be a free event with activities, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and entertainment for both athletes and Greater Clevelanders. The evening will include the Torch Arrival Ceremony sponsored by AstraZeneca and a fireworks display, officially marking the opening of the 2013 Games.

As week one of sports competition comes to a close and another begins, the 2013 Celebration of Athletes sponsored by AstraZeneca will take place the evening of July 26 at Quicken Loans Arena.

For details, visit www.Cleveland2013.com.

Koza places ninth

Tallmadge resident Chris Koza finished in a tie for ninth with a 9-over-par 79 at a Junior PGA qualifier June 1 at Mill Creek Golf Course in Canfield.

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