You don’t have to hang up your sneakers on your 50th birthday. Or your 65th birthday. Don’t listen to those voices that tell you to act your age, whatever that means. When I was a kid, I idolized the big guys who hung around my playground. Some of them were college ballplayers. By the time I was in high school, my heroes had disappeared into marriage, family life or neighborhood bars. They didn’t play ball anymore. They certainly didn’t jog. Sneakers were for kids. Running shoes hadn’t even been invented.
The game has changed since the 1960s. Baby boomers started setting their own rules and their own expectations. With the generation’s vanguard turning 65 this year, the look of retirement will get a face-lift. There are many expectations and stereotypes about aging to be challenged.
On this site, I want to focus on those of us playing basketball after 50, taking on all comers in athletic clubs, rec centers and playgrounds. I want to look at what physical and psychological challenges we face, what satisfaction we get, and what training and equipment help.
As phrased in pickup games, let’s make it a game to 100 and see what happens.