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The team starts at age 50, with the eldest member A group of Lowcountry senior women is preparing to make history playing competitive basketball at a national level, hoping also to inspire others to live active and healthy lifestyles. That's certainly the case for a group of Lowcountry senior basketball players who aren't as quick, strong and physically fit as they were when playing basketball in high school or college.
But that hasn't stopped these women from being lifelong hoopsters. The North Charleston Senior Women Athletic Group, whose ages run between 50 and 71, is prepping to make history at a national athletic competition, hoping also to inspire others to live active and healthy lifestyles. The team will soon be the first senior women basketballers to represent South Carolina at the National Senior Games.
The nine-player North Charleston team includes a handful of hall-of-fame college athletes and others who enjoy the sport. In between family life and professional careers, they are pursuing their recreational passions.
Wendy Anderson, 53, played one year of basketball and four years of volleyball at Clemson University. The North Charleston team shows it's possible for adults their age to compete at a high level, she said. Players have since d weekly matches at the city's athletic center.
SWAG team members recently competed among themselves in a 3-on-3 game sanctioned by the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic to serve as the qualifying match for next year's national tournament. The high-energy, competitive match took place at the North Charleston Athletic Center and featured over a dozen onlookers watching from the bleachers. The half-court game had a final score of and was competitive throughout. Flashy passes, pick-and-roll plays, three-pointers and mid-range jumpers served as proof the women haven't lost their basketball touch over the years.
Teresa Tincher, a graduate of the College of Charleston who played basketball and volleyball, competed May 26 alongside her former teammate, hall-of-famer Kelli Garrett. Mayor Keith Summey, who conducted the coin toss at the game, pointed out his own ties to the sport. He noted he once coached recreational basketball at a local church. The hope is North Charleston will be the first of many other senior women's basketball teams to form locally and throughout South Carolina.
The state's senior games date back to and participation has since grown. This year's statewide competition included more than athletes in 25 different sports. Anderson, a breast cancer survivor, said she particularly encourages African Americans to go to the doctor.
Black people should also not be afraid to talk about cancer, a disease that Anderson said was not as openly discussed when she was younger. Some of the female athletes have an opportunity to compete in a sport they couldn't play collegiately prior to the Title IX law, which prohibited sex-based discrimination, Engle said. Holly Stilley, 60, a College of Charleston hall of famer who led the team to three national championships, played ball briefly after graduating school. But she stopped, fearing she'd get injured. The athlete is glad she ed the group, in part because of the comradery it provides.
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