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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Softball game a pitch for senior services

The Bellevue All Stars, a team of older softball players, will take on city staff and possibly City Council members in an exhibition match to raise money for senior programs. At the 10th annual City v. Seniors Softball Challenge, the All Stars aim to show "we can stay up with younger players," coach Barbara Polkinghorn said.

Admission is free for the game, on Wednesday, July 27, 4 to 6 p.m. at Hidden Valley Sports Park, 1905 112th Ave. NE. Members of the Bellevue Network on Aging and the North Bellevue Senior Advisory Board will sell drinks and snacks to raise funds for senior programs.

The All Stars, whose players range in age from 50 to 88, compete in a 16-team area seniors coed slow-pitch league. Traditionally, several council members play with the city employees, and the banter between the squads can be spirited though friendly.

"We love the challenge," said Polkinghorn. "Physical activity is good for any age, but it helps to keep older adults active and, we know, keeping active helps to prolong our lives."

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