Dr. Robert Gandee has been a major factor in the growth of the Senior Olympic program in Ohio. He and Ruth Faux established Akron as the home for the Ohio Senior Olympics State Finals from 1980 to 1987. As Dr. Gandee promoted the Senior Olympics around the state, influencing other cities to sponsor the event---and since then the Ohio State Finals have been held in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. This year the finals will be held in Youngstown. As a result of Dr. Gandee´s leadership and the work of the hundreds of volunteers he recruited, thousands of senior athletes have participated and earned recognition in archery, bowling, cycling, golf, tennis, horseshoes, racquetball, swimming, softball , track, and volleyball. In 2005 a popular addition was added to the competition---dancesport–, which feature a variety of ballroom dances. The national competition in Pittsburgh last year saw more than 100 Akron seniors compete.