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ERCC Geri Olympics video viewed internationally

Submitted photo Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center’s Geri Olympics team has received international attention after their spirit skit video was shared by the Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living.

ELKINS — Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center’s Geri Olympics team has received international attention after their spirit skit video was shared by the Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living.

The Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living is a state organization dedicated to promoting wellness and active living in nursing homes through adapted sports. This year marked the 35th Annual Geri Olympics. During April, more than 550 nursing home resident athletes from facilities around the state competed.

“Our residents are elated to receive this recognition for their hard work,” said Tara Shaver, ERCC administrator. “They are go-getters and put 100 percent effort into everything they do.”

Events at ERCC include bowling, horseshoes, basketball shooting, clothes pin stacking, corn hole and the Spirit Skit Video.

ERCC’s team, the Untouchables, submitted a spirit video that was too long to qualify for the Spirit Skit Award. However, that video was chosen by the Geri Olympics Board of Directors to be shared internationally through all Geri Olympics social media accounts. The video will be viewed in the United States, Greece, Scotland, the United Kingdom, Poland and other countries.

Other state accolades received by the Untouchables this year included first place in horseshoes and their shorter Spirit Skit video submitted took third place.

“We’re one big family here at ERCC, and we support our residents in any endeavor they chose to take part in,” said Donna Jones, ERCC activities director. “We are proud of them, and we want them to be proud of themselves.”

ERCC’s team the Untouchables will be recognized during a ceremony this month.

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