Midwest Senior Badminton Championships to be Held at Bethel

Bethel College will host the Midwest Senior Badminton Championships on May 29-31 in Goodman Gymnasium. Singles events will be played on Friday night with doubles and mixed doubles events on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

Steve Matteson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for development and planned giving at Bethel College, says the badminton community in the Midwest has been rallying to heighten awareness of the game because of the potential for the Summer Olympics coming to Chicago in 2016. The game was recognized as an Olympic sport in 1992.

“Badminton typically plays in sold out arenas at the Olympics and is a fast- paced, dynamic sport to play and watch. This is a nice opportunity for people in the Michiana area to develop an understanding and appreciation for the game,” says Matteson.

There is expected to be between 60-100 senior badminton players from the Midwest playing in the tournament. Players will be travelling from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin and other Midwestern states. Players range from 35 years old to more than 80 years old.

Age groups will include: Junior-Senior (35+), Senior (40+), Masters (50+), Grand Masters (60+), Golden Masters (70+), and Platinum Masters (80+). This tournament is sanctioned by USA Badminton and is open to members of USA Badminton and the Midwest Badminton Association (MBA). There is no admission cost to watch the tournament.

For more information, contact Steve Matteson at 574.707.0169.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its 75 wooded acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.