Games for Life 2024

Saturday, April 27. 10:00am – 2:00pm. At the University of Texas at Austin Recreational Sports Center

If you are interested in bringing a team from your community to the Games, please download the event packet. It includes registration information, event rules, blank entry forms, and resident release forms. Please read through the whole packet.

Events include assisted and unassisted racing, wheelchair racing, shot-put, discus, balloon volleyball, dominos, arts and crafts, and a spelling competition. In the arts and crafts section, participants enter projects completed at their communities during the previous year. Other awards given at the Games include best T-shirt design, banner competition, Spirit award, and Grand Champion trophy.

Volunteer at the Games for Life

We couldn’t put the Games on without the help of over 150 incredible volunteers. Check out all of our available volunteer spots and share with your friends, service groups or community groups.

We encourage everyone to live life to the fullest, learn from each generation, and respect each other as we create memories together.

Check out a few photos from our 2019 Games for Life

Our History

In 1982, activity directors from CASACA created the Capital Area Nursing Home Games. For the first two years the Games were held outside at the County Fair and Rodeo. Originally a fall event, a 1989 hurricane prompted activity professionals to move the Games to the spring… and indoors. St. Edwards provided the gymnasium and volunteer support from 1984 until 2005, when the event moved to Bowie High School. We quickly outgrew that location and now call the University of Texas Recreational Sports Center our Austin home.

As the event expanded to encompass assisted-living facilities, the event became the Games for Life. Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities from Central Texas (including Georgetown, Lockhart, Taylor, Giddings, and New Braunfels) travel to this Austin event. The Games provide facility residents a friendly and competitive environment in which to participate in sporting activities. The event also encourages community involvement and promotes awareness of the importance of life-enriching activities in long-term care.

In 2011 the Games expanded to San Antonio and in 2015 Dallas became the latest city to host the event. Further expansion was limited by the pandemic, with the Games last held in 2019.