Two-time FIFA Women’s World cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Julie Foudy introduces us to San Diego Splash, a basketball team of women who range in age from 80-91 years young. They play against other teams in the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association, which welcomes players 50 years and older. “If you can stand up and move your legs, you’re welcome.”
The teams play three-on-three, half court with fifteen minute halves and a thirty minute game. The league hosts four seasons, which run for approximately eight to ten weeks per session.
San Diego Splash is the oldest team in the league, and while they don’t win often against the much younger teams, they are clearly having the time of their lives. “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,” Grace Larsen, 91, explains in this short from espnW. “For as long as I can, I’m going to play.”
While family and friends think many of them as a bit “crazy” for playing basketball at their age, these women are committed to the game and to one another. “Friendships, a sisterhood, family. It’s the nicest group of people from all walks of life. Everybody is one for all and all for one.”
Go ladies go!
To learn more about the league, visit the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association on Facebook.