UTPA employees win at Border Senior Games
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 04/03/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American hosted the 16th annual Rio Grande Valley Border Senior Games March 10-12, the second straight year the University has hosted this event.

Five UTPA employees received medals at the recent Rio Grande Valley Border Senior Games. Participants age 50 and older took part in more than 30 events. From left are Jeff Getchell, Personnel Services (men's singles tennis, gold; men's doubles tennis, gold); Mary Caraveo, Financial Aid (1,500-meter run, silver); Roberto Contreras, Learning Assistance Center and part-time history instructor (discus, gold; javelin, gold; 50-meter run, silver; shot put, silver; men's basketball free throws, silver; men's basketball Round the World, silver); and Antonio de la Pena, biology assistant professor (100-meter run, gold; 200-meter run, gold; 400-meter run, gold; men's basketball free throws, gold; basketball Round the World, gold). Not pictured is Dr. Paul Villas, Texas-Mexico Border Health Coordination Office executive director (men's basketball free throws, gold; men's basketball Round the World, gold).

The Rio Grande Valley Border Senior Games promotes healthy lifestyles for seniors through education, fitness and sports and offers a variety of events.

Seniors age 50 and older can participate in events ranging from track and field, race-walking, swimming and basketball free throws to dominoes, table tennis shuffleboard and washers.

Participants who place first, second or third qualify for the 2001 Texas State Senior Games in Lubbock this fall. Afterward, some may qualify for the 2001 National Senior Games in Baton Rouge, Lou.

Several UTPA faculty and staff participated in the games, including Dr. Tony De La Pena (biology), Robert Contreras (Learning Assistance Center), Mary Caraveo (Financial Aid), Jeff Getchell (Personnel Services) and Dr. Paul Villas (UT-Border Health Office).