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Store donates Nintendo Wii to senior center

SNELLVILLE - Snellville's seniors don't have to beat the heat to play tennis or golf this summer. They can play with the benefit of air conditioning at the city's senior center, thanks to the donation of a Nintendo Wii.

"We have been hoping to get a Wii for the Senior Center for a while now, but didn't have the money available in the budget," said Cyndee Bonacci, director of Snellville's Parks and Recreation Department. "We were hoping someone from the community would step up to help us out."

The gaming system was donated by Play 'N' Trade Video Games, which is located at the Snellville Pavilion on Scenic Highway, a local business that had helped out in the past, donating a Wii for the grand prize drawing at last summer's children's fishing derby.

"It is obvious that (owner Darius) York wants his business to be involved in the community," Bonacci said.

The seniors have already begun to enjoy the basic sports games on the system, including bowling, tennis, golf, boxing and baseball. Bonacci said the city hopes to acquire other games and equipment in the future.

The Senior Center will be offering Wii training sessions in July and plans to hold friendly tournaments in the future.

Seniors are even planning a "Wii love ice cream" party next month.

For more information about the Snellville Senior Center, located beside City Hall on Oak Road, visit www.snellville.org or call 770-985-3580.