ALWS Senior Citizens Day

August 14, 2019


The American Legion World Series Continues Food Drive on Senior Citizens Day

SHELBY, NC – Aug. 2, 2019 — The first day of the annual American Legion World Series (ALWS) is traditionally Senior Citizens Day and all attendees 55 and older can watch all four games of the day at no charge. For the second consecutive year, the local ALWS planning committee has added a food and toiletries collection for the Leona Neal Senior Center, which assists senior citizens in need of food. The pantry is supported solely by donations and supplies sometimes run low.

The Senior Center, operated by the Cleveland County Council on Aging, is located at 100 T.R. Harris Drive in Shelby. Center offerings for adults 55 and older include exercise classes, a computer lab, legal aid and screening for blood pressure and blood sugar. Also, seniors can receive assistance from the food pantry once a month. Meals served in the Center are a separate service from the food pantry and diners pay for those meals.

The goal of the Center is to improve the quality of life of the County’s older adults. Center hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday. The Center is closed on weekends. The phone number for the Center is 704-482-3488.

The 2019 ALWS opens Thursday, Aug. 15, at Shelby High School’s Keeter Stadium; the six-day tournament runs through Tuesday, Aug. 20. The first game on Aug. 15 is at 10:00 AM and the gates and Ticket Office will open at 8:00 AM. Senior citizens are admitted free but still need to request a ticket at the Ticket Office.

The drop-off point for non-perishable food items and toiletries will be designated containers outside the front gate. The Senior Center will be responsible for securing the items at the end of the day.

“Many of our most loyal ALWS fans are senior citizens and we want to support them and the Center as much as we can,” says Eddie Holbrook, chairman of the local ALWS planning committee.