Carillon House holds Senior Summer Olympics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Carillon House holds Senior Summer Olympics

Lighting of the torch (source: KCBD) Lighting of the torch (source: KCBD)
Frances Evans and her nurse, Robert Lozoya (source: KCBD) Frances Evans and her nurse, Robert Lozoya (source: KCBD)

It's an event that's been months in the making.

"Something of this caliber, I've been working on since January," Carillon House Activity Director Theanna Holland said.

But for Holland, the joy that comes out of it makes it all worthwhile.

"They talk about it for days on end, and then they get on to other residents for not coming, and how they've missed out on things. So it's very rewarding," she said.

The 2016 Senior Summer Olympics brings Rio right here to Lubbock, and the residents are ready to give it their all.

"It's very competitive," Carillon nurse Robert Lozoya said. "The floors get really into it and so does the staff. They even have one for the staff that works here, and I won it last year."

Lozoya is a nurse on floor 3 south, and he happens to be best buds with Frances Evans, who is known for winning first place at multiple Carillon House events.

"She usually wins every competition we have, she is quite the go getter on our side," Lozoya said.

But, Frances Evans won't brag about it.

"No not really, he's just putting you on," Frances said.

"We've got the trophies in your room to prove it Frances," Lozoya said.

And if her athletic abilities aren't enough, she's got a personality big enough to win anyone's heart over.

 As you walk down the decorated halls, you can see these games are about more than just the trophies.

"It gets them to know us better and gets them to know that, you know we're not just here this isn't just a job. It means more than that for us," Lozoya said.

"I love it, I love it," Frances said.

And that unbreakable bond, is what creates the dream team.

The Carillon House Senior Summer Olympics begin Monday, Aug. 8 and run until Friday, Aug. 12, and the games are open to the public.

There will be events at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every morning, and the winners of each event advance to events in the third floor conference room at 3 p.m. every afternoon.

The closing ceremonies will be Friday, Aug. 12, with the crowning of the overall winner as Most Valuable Player.

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