Lew Keller will be honored with receiving the third annual Spirit of the Games award for his work promoting and directing the Washington State Senior Games Men’s Softball Tournament. 

Keller, assisted by his wife Maija, and her twin brother, John Dambis, has successfully orchestrated the Senior Games softball tournament into a multi-weekend event averaging 40 teams and 600 players.
For the past eight years Keller has brought hundreds of senior ballplayers to Shelton’s MCRA Park, along with spouses and other family members, with many taking rooms in nearby motels during the length of the tournament.

Teams come from throughout the state, and from as far away as Canada, Oregon and Idaho. Several have gone on to national championships and regional dominance in their respective age brackets.

For his dedication and service in building up the Washington State Senior Games Men’s Softball Tournament, Lew Keller will be given the Spirit of the Games award at the Athletes Celebration Dinner on July 27 in Olympia.

Congratulations, Lew. You have done so much for so many years.
You can't keep a good person down. 

That was never more apparent than last spring at the Boston Marathon. Lake Stevens resident and marathon runner Bill Iffrig, 78, was knocked to the ground by the blast of a terrorist's bomb only a few feet from the finish line.

Surprise? Shock? Certainly those emotions and more passed through Bill as he struggled to his feet and, no doubt, struggled to make sense of what had just happened.

But you know what?  Like many other athletes that day, Bill finished his race. 

I attribute his tenacity to an inner drive, a deep sense of purpose all true athletes cultivate in order to successfully compete.

Lots of other folks in America have that same tenacity and inner purpose––I am talking about those who strive, compete and lead throughout all layers of the fabric of American life. 

You can't keep us down. You can't stop what makes us great.

Bill Iffrig's triumph at the Boston Marathon makes that abundantly clear.

By the way, we attempted to bring Bill to the Senior Games to speak at our Annual Athlete's Celebration, but he had firm plans that conflicted with the night of our event.

No worry, we have another great program in store for you all. But while we're still on the subject, I hope we all keep the Boston Marathon lesson in mind: Terror has never succeeded, and never will. Ideas and actions that harm others or keep them down are like runners who stumble out of the starting gate––they'll never catch up with those who know that the secret to life is getting out there and moving forward, accepting the challenge to be more and do more with the time that God has given us.

Sure, competing is tough.

But you win by doing your best, not threatening or obstructing the efforts of others. 

We regret to announce that as a result of low turnout last year, combined with walks previously scheduled in other nearby locations, the Capitol Volkssport Club decided that the amount of resources necessary to support the Senior Games walk could not be justified. Next year, I'll direct our board to discuss and consider other alternatives designed to interest those seniors who want to have a walking event as part of the Washington State Senior Games.

Walking is such a vital activity. As we advance in years, it goes without saying that simple daily walking can keep one in the "fit" category as well as any other sport.