CityPickle Hosts Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Department of the Aging
New York, NY – In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of National Older Adult Health & Fitness Day, CityPickle hosted Mayor Eric Adams, Department for the Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez and more than 200 older NewYorkers at Wollman Rink to play pickleball and participate in other wellness activities.
“Older adults are not only the leaders of our families and beacons of wisdom in our communities, but they are the heart and soul of our city. We owe them everything,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “That’s why our administration is working every day on behalf of older New Yorkers. Through the Cabinet for Older New Yorkers, we are combatting ageism, helping older New Yorkers afford to stay in their communities, and informing our front-line health care workers about the programs and services the Department of Aging and other agencies offer, so that patients can receive the all-around care they deserve. We are building an age-inclusive city, and today, as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Older Adult Health & Fitness Day, we want to remind our older adults that everybody is capable of living a healthy life.”
National Older Adult Health and Fitness Day was created to promote the importance of regular physical activity. Local organizations throughout the country participate by hosting events that allow residents to exercise together, as a community.
“Our physical health is key to our overall wellbeing. Games like pickleball are social, so while we are getting a sweat in, we are also encouraging our friends and neighbors to join in on the fun,” said NYC Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez.
CityPickle was thrilled to partner with Lenox Hill Hospital Northwell Health who sponsored today’s event by providing lunch, offering stretching activities, blood pressure checks and other health-related activities.
“Pickleball is a fun, fast-paced sport that’s easy to pick up and accessible for players of all ages and abilities, and I’m so happy to see older adults taking advantage of CityPickle’s courts at Wollman Rink,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue.
“Staying active and eating well are essential to a healthy life, no matter a person’s age,” said Daniel Baker, MD, Executive Director of Lenox Hill Hospital. “Northwell is proud to be part of this exciting event to promote both fitness and community in the city. This is a great opportunity to exercise and stay connected with our neighbors – things we no longer take for granted in a post-pandemic world.”
“CityPickle was founded with a mission to show more people the benefits of playing pickleball, and on NationalOlder Adult Health & Fitness Day, we’re proud to work with Mayor Eric Adams, NYC Aging, NYC Parks, and community leaders to promote healthy lifestyles among New Yorkers,” said Co-Founders of CityPickle Mary Cannon and Erica Desai. “Today’s event brought together many people who hadn’t played pickleball before, and we hope to see them on the courts again soon.”