By Christopher Roberson
SALEM – For the third year, Salem State University, in concert with the City of Salem, will be hosting the Generation Games, an event designed to “bring members of the community together to explore different recreational activities while working with and learning from people of different generations.”
This year, the Games will be held on Feb. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the university’s O’Keefe Sports Complex. Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Salem State President John Keenan will both on hand during the Games.
Kaylee Steele, a 2014 graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, is now a senior at Salem State and the community liaison for the Games. Assisting her is Amber van den Berg, a third-year college student from The Netherlands who is attending Salem State until January.
“With me, it’s a bigger thing,” van den Berg said of the Games. “Not a lot of people know about it.”
Some of the events that will be featured include bubble soccer, human foosball, broomball, backlight dodge ball and bingo. Van den Berg said the list of activities was revised as last year’s list favored the younger generations. She also said the Games give participants the opportunity to exercise in a more enjoyable group atmosphere.
“The main reason is just to have fun,” said van den Berg.
Steele said the Games bridge the gap between multiple age groups. “We don’t often see multi-generations together,” she said.
Steele said she became involved in the Games as part of a class and wants to attract as many North Shore residents as possible.
The Games originated six years ago at Rotterdam University in The Netherlands. Rotterdam and Salem State have since developed an annual student exchange program for the Games.