The HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES, as it is know today, began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. Founded by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr., the GAMES began with their vision of an international sports event for men and women ages 55 and better. Both agreed that the golden years were better when good health and physical fitness became a way of life, not an occasional hobby. In 1989 Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, became the Games’ principal sponsor after recognizing that the Games not only fostered lifetime fitness, but also expanded Utah’s economic vitality. A proud supporter of the Games, the Huntsman family continues to open the Games personally, with a warm welcome to the athletes and the lighting of the torch in traditional Olympic fashion during the Opening Ceremonies. Since its inception, the Games have been open to all men and women meeting the age requirement . The second year of the Games the age requirement was reduced from age 55 to age 50 to include more athletes and to encourage those looking at retirement to become involved in a personal fitness program or team sport. A small full-time staff works year round and is joined by more than 2,500 eager seasonal volunteers to host 30 athletic events over a two-week period each October. Headquartered in Southern Utah, the HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES has become a renowned event among serious athletes from Japan to Russia and from Alaska to Australia. Scores of countries have participated in the Games, where peace among nations is fostered through friendly competition. Band concerts, dances, and award socials for each sport are also part of the package, bringing athletes and guests together in a social atmosphere where they share in, and congradulate each other read more
Dixie State University is a public comprehensive university located in St George, Utah. The university offers 48 bachelor’s degrees, 19 associate’s degrees, 36 minors, and 15 certificates/endorsements. As of Fall 2016, there were 8,993 students enrolled at DSU, and the university has a 100% acceptance rate. The student body is 53% female and 47% male, and DSU is in the top three for diversity in the state of Utah, with 22.3% of the student body being minority students. The institution began as St George Stake Academy, founded in 1911 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church). Later it became a state school of the Utah System of Higher Education. In February 2013, the former Dixie State College (DSC), as it had been known since 2000, officially became Dixie State University. Dixie State University’s nickname is the Trailblazers, with Brooks the Bison serving as school Mascot. School colors are red, white and blue. Sports affiliations: NCAA Division II – Pacific West The Hurricane Education Center (HEC) is located at 112 South 700 West in Hurricane, Utah. The facility contains 7 classrooms including a computer classroom and nursing assistant laboratory classroom. The facility hosts an average of 10 courses per semester with around 300 enrollees’. The HEC serves as the official location for the POST Academy (Peace Officer Standards & Training) for Southern Utah and is also the official state skills testing site for the DSU Nursing Assistant program. The facility also has a Testing Center for students enrolled in HEC courses as well as courses from the main campus for students who live in or around the Hurricane Valley area.
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