Women Over 80 Years Old Find Fun And Friendship On This Basketball Team

“If you can stand up and move your legs, you’re welcome."

If you need some inspiration to get moving today, we've got just the thing. This short film created by espnW feature the San Diego Splash, a basketball team made up of inspiring women over the age of 80.  

The team is just one of the squads part of the San Diego Senior Women's Basketball Association, an organization which aims to bring together women 50 years of age or older to play ball. 

"If you can stand up and move your legs, you're welcome," Marge Carl, an 87-year-old Splash player, told espnW.  

It costs $260 to for eight weeks and each team has a minimum of five players, according to the organization's website. The San Diego Splash's team is the oldest in the squad with players as old as 91. The team plays three-on-three half-court basketball games that are broken up into two 15-minutes intervals.

"We play to win," 91-year-old Meg Skinner said. 


Playing basketball has been a fun activity for these women, but joining the team allowed them to be part of a sisterhood that values sportsmanship. For some, this league was their first opportunity to be a part of a basketball team. 

"I was 78 years old when I got my first basketball shoes, so that was a thrill because I never played all my life," 91-year-old Grace Larsen said. "I never had the chance to play. Growing up, we didn't have sports like the girls do today. We didn't have the opportunity to play — that was before Title IX. I thought, oh gee that would be so much fun if I could actually play basketball. As long as I can, I'm gonna play." 

People are clearly impressed by these women's ability to break barriers by playing basketball. The video has racked up more than 10 million views and has been shared nearly 150,000 times. These women may be over 80 years old, but their dedication to the game is proving to people that age is just a number.

And they're certainly not the only ones. Take Harriette Thompson, 94 years old, for example. Thompson, a fellow athlete living in San Diego, recently became the oldest woman to finish a half marathon. While she had always been active, she didn't run her first marathon until she turned 76. Back in May, 101-year-old D-Day veteran Bryson William Verdun Hayes made headlines for breaking a world record of his own. He became the oldest person in the world to tandem skydive. 

Here's to them for showing us it's never too late to find adventure and inspiring us to get moving. Seriously, how can we make excuses about exercising after this? 

(H/T: HuffPost


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