Kauaians ballers return from Senior Olympics tournament

Eighty-year-old Mickey McCleery of Anahola and a team of other senior Kaua’i basketball players competed in the Fifth Annual Hawai’i Senior Olympics held recently in Honolulu. The competition is part of Hawai’i’s Aloha Games series.

The five-member basketball team competed unsuccessfully in four games against opponents from O’ahu in the 55+ age group competition.

However, McCleery brought home a gold medal for basketball shooting in his age group.

Team member Joey Skaggs of Anahola said, “We did this as a tribute to Mickey who is 80 years old, he’s one of the founders of Kaua’i Community College. He Came from Antioch, and has lived in Anahola for many years, and he helps take care of Anahola park. Mickey has a great left handed and a great right handed shot.”

The team played at the Weinberg Gym in Palama Settlement on the outskirts of downtown Honolulu.

The Hawaii Senior Olympics is a multi-sport event for men and women 50 years of age and older, no matter where they reside. It is sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA), which also organizes the National Senior Games – The Senior Olympics.

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