The purpose of the Senior Olympics is to provide Wisconsin's older adults, both men and women age 40 and over, the opportunity to improve their overall fitness and wellness through recreational, social and competitive events, out-of-state are encouraged to also participate.
The program is organized, governed and conducted by an all volunteer board of directors which meets seven times a year. In addition there are seven standing committees, Budget & Finance, Brochure & Registration, Marketing & Public Relations, Opening Ceremony, Games Coordinating, Awards & Recognition and Hall of Fame, which meet as often as necessary.
Local Games are held annually and National Games are run bi-annually. In order to participate in the National Games athletes must compete in the local qualifying games and also must meet certain qualifying standards for each sport/event as specified by the National Senior Games Association.
Except for basketball free-throw and horseshoes, competitions are scored in 5 year age divisions. Swimming is further divided into Masters and Novice events. Medals are awarded for first through third place. Athletes may participate in an unlimited number of sports.