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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 'Age of Champions' film premieres at Ardmore's Goddard Center on Aug. 1

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  • Save the evening of August 1st. On this night, Ardmore Village and the Goddard Center are bringing the remarkable film "Age of Champions" to Ardmore. Free of charge and open to the public, this award-winning documentary will debut in the Goddard Center theater with the film's director, Christopher Rufo, discussing the wonderful stories behind its senior stars.
    The "Age of Champions" follows a group of senior athletes: a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86-year-old pole vaulter, an 88-year-old track and field athlete, two competitive swimmers (aged 88 and 90), and a team of basketball grandmothers as they sprint, leap and swim for gold medals at the 2009 National Senior Olympics. Since its national premiere in 2011, "Age of Champions" has won several awards, including Best Documentary Feature Award.
    The Washington Post called this film "infectiously inspiring" and theater audiences across the country have fallen in love with its light-hearted take on growing older. It is a powerful story guaranteed to inspire us all to be healthier, happier, and more active.
    The August 1st Ardmore debut coincides with the 2013 National Senior Games, holding its opening ceremonies on July 19 in Cleveland, Ohio. Nearly 11,000 athletes ages 50 to 101 will compete in the national games this year.
    These national senior olympic events include a variety of competition sports such as archery, badminton, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball. Participants must be at least 50 years old and qualify the year before through a sanctioned state qualifying game.
    Please make plans to attend the "Age of Champions" showing at the Goddard Center on August 1st. Doors open at 6 p.m. You can walk through the galleries and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres prior to the film, which will begin at 7 p.m.
    You will laugh, cry and empathize with the remarkable older adults depicted in "Age of Champions." This film captures the human spirit in all its frailties and strengths. It is a definite "must see."
    Jessica T. Pfau is executive director at Ardmore Village, a senior residence and activities community. Visit www.ardmorevillage.com
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