Friday, June 2, BJCC
Meet outside entrance to East Exhibition Hall
On the first Friday of each month, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell hosts a morning community walk to promote fitness. On Friday, June 2, the Mayor's Walk will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the BJCC. Walkers will take a guided tour through National Senior Games sport areas and The Village, with the exercise ending outside BJCC at the nearby Uptown District where the Flame Arrival Ceremony will be staged. Athletes are welcome to join in this free walk.
2017 Flame Arrival Ceremony
Friday, June 2, Uptown District
Let's get the party started! The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. just one block east of the BJCC adjacent to the Uptown District block of restaurants. Athletes and Birmingham locals will mingle and celebrate the opening of The Games with music from Jessie's Girlz, "Passing The Torch" video, the torch arrival and fireworks.
Friday, June 9, BJCC
East Hall Meeting Rooms B and C
Every June, the United States Olympic Committee encourages communities nationwide to host Olympic Day events to promote fitness and Olympic ideals. NSGA and the Birmingham area YMCA have teamed up to bring campers to the BJCC at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 9 to see National Senior Games action. Two Alabama Olympic Gold Medalists, track speedster Willie Smith and diver Jennifer Chandler, plus Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Bronze medalist Bob Lujano, will host the youth visitors. Athletes and guests are welcome to observe the fun.
Celebration of Athletes - 30th Anniversary Edition
Friday, June 9, Legacy Arena at BJCC
March in with your fellow athletes representing your State! Athletes will stage in the courtyard of the BJCC (volunteers will direct athletes to the correct staging location) starting at 6:15 p.m. CT.
We are also pleased to announce that running icon Kathrine Switzer will be our special guest speaker! Switzer overcame barriers to become the first female to officially enter the Boston Marathon in 1967, and this year she returned at age 70 to run the marathon again 50 years later. A very special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Humana for making Switzer's appearance possible.
Entertainment will be provided by international headliner Marc Rubben, who mixes great stand-up comedy with outstanding ventriloquism. The evening will culminate with energetic live music.
Make sure you join us for these fun and exciting Special Events!