April 6, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Golden Bears to sign up for another year at Shawnee State
More than 600 Scioto County seniors are members of the
Golden Bears at Shawnee State University and each member,
both old and new, must sign up each year by filling out an
The kickoff for signing up begins Monday, April 12 at the
Warsaw Natatorium in the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center and
anytime after that throughout the year.
In order to join the Golden Bears, a person must be a Scioto
County resident 60 years of age or older and have proof of
age at sign-up. Membership is free. If a person is already a
member, they must complete a new application and update ID
cards with any new medical information including
medications. This includes Golden Bears who are ushers at
the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Applications are at the front desk of the Rhodes Athletic
Center on the SSU campus. The entrance and parking is in the
rear of the Athletic Center.
The holistic program was formed to promote good health and
encourage emotional and social wellbeing for individuals 60
years of age and older.
The benefits of membership include use of the Warsaw
Natatorium, such as the swimming pool, cardio weight room,
racquetball courts and gymnasium for walking.
Exercise programs, educational activities on healthy living,
social events, assisting with special projects sponsored by
the university and attending university classes are a few
opportunities for Golden Bears. One room at the Warsaw
Natatorium is the Golden Bears Lounge where people meet and
socialize. Three days a week several Golden Bears play
The pool is reserved for Golden Bears from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. All other areas of
the Natatorium are open for use by all members and students.
A dance instructor teaches zumba twice a week.
Some of the social events are parties, trips and dinners.
Every month a birthday cake is provided to celebrate the
birthdays of everyone born in that month. In May, the Golden
Bears participate in a Hospice Walk that raised more than
$4,000 last year. Sometimes they volunteer to usher for
events at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Heartland of Portsmouth provides free health screenings once
a month for the Golden Bears at the Athletic Center.
“Our Golden Bears are a very healthy group,” said Barbara
Pratt, coordinator of Volunteer Services and the Golden
Bears program. “Each year gets better because more people
All athletic events are free to members with a special
seating section at the basketball games. About 60 Golden
Bears usually attend the games.
The Golden Bears holistic program is available through a
grant sponsored by the Scioto County commissioners.