The Keystone State Games and the PA Senior Games are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic — for now, at least.

Both summer events, which comprise a wide array of competitions for participants of all ages, were to be held in Luzerne County from July 22 through Aug. 2. Though there was hope they could go on as planned, James Costello, executive director of the Keystone State Games, announced the cancellation Wednesday in a press release while leaving the door open for a possible return in the fall.

“Our priority is the safety and well-being of our game participants, spectators and volunteers, and we believe this is the best decision,” Costello said in the release, citing current state mandates and social gathering recommendations prompting the decision.

Organizers had been optimistic the Games could go on as planned. An update to Facebook in March stated the games were scheduled for the summer months so, while the organization was monitoring current events, no alterations were made to its schedule.

This was to be the third straight year the Games were to be held in Luzerne County. The Games strive to promote physical fitness. To that end, it’s opened its doors to just about everyone through events ranging from baseball and field hockey to Wiffle ball, table tennis and darts.

Costello appears hopeful the games can go on in some fashion later this year. He wrote in an email that the organization is “working very closely with the Department of Aging and Department of Health in PA to get a ‘green light’ to run events in the fall.”

Tentative events for the fall months listed in Wednesday’s release include the PA Senior Sports Festival and Health and Fitness Expo in Lancaster; the Keystone Ice Hockey Invitational Tournament in Pittston; a Keystone Games virtual 5K/10; the high school baseball showcase in Moosic; the PA Pickleball Championship in Dallas; the Keystone Golf Championships and Captain and Crew Tournament in Wilkes-Barre; and the Keystone Open Indoor Filed Hockey Championship in Luzerne County.

Costello stated that more events are in the planning phase every day, and updates will be posted at He added that those already registered will be reimbursed via the same method they paid.