COLUMBIA — You don't need to be a veteran athlete to participate in the Missouri State Senior Games.
In fact, you don't need to have ever played a sport to participate in the games. And one event that sees a lot of first-timers is darts.
"It is something anyone can do and doesn't take a lot of skill, so it can be competitive and fun at the same time," said Karl Remick, vice president of the American Darters Association.
"It's one of those stand-alone events that some people may not have tried so it's kind of like, 'Why not here?'"
Remick, from Lake St. Louis, volunteers at four separate Missouri darting events each year, including the State Senior Games, and has been doing so for the past 10 years. Despite a lower turnout this year, he said the games in Columbia are usually the biggest and provide the most fun atmosphere for darts.
Remick joked with many of the participants throughout the event at Hearnes Center on Saturday morning and asked several people around him if they wanted to throw darts, even if they weren't signed up or even eligible to participate in the games.
"We try to be the most outgoing group here, you know, compared to other events, and we bring hats and T-shirts and we leave an impression on people so they sign up to come back next year."
Although there were no rookies in this year's 14-person field, Remick said it is nice to see some familiar faces at the different events throughout the year.
"It's just about building relationships and having a good time through darts, because that's what we are all about," he said.