Now that election season is behind us, here is a chance to take inspiration from some fresh faces.
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While they may not be familiar to you, these are the faces of people who have been around for a very long time. And they are amazing. They are the characters appearing in “Age of Champions”, an award-winning film premiering in Portland Nov. 11.
It is the story about a group of athletes chasing gold at the National Senior Games. They include a 100-year-old tennis champion, and 86-year-old pole-vaulter, a team of basketball grandmothers, and two brothers who have maintained an 80-year passion for swimming. Their stories will offer encouragement to older adults about their ability to triumph over the limitations of age.
This is a wonderful film for everyone, because these are people taking on life’s many challenges, not just age. One is coping with the recent loss of a spouse. Another is undergoing cancer treatment. They demonstrate the power of the human spirit and they use it to make their lives as full and as happy as they can be. They teach us about well-being and taking control of one’s life. “Everyone should see this because it shows that life is a great pleasure and every day is a gift! When I was watching the film I was actually so inspired I had tears in my eyes” says one 76-year old filmgoer.
After so many months of hearing from our political hopefuls about what needs to be fixed in this world, come and be inspired by some people who seem to have it all figured out. The event is free and is open to the public. It will include a community discussion with AARP Maine about aging, health, and fitness with their You’ve Earned a Say program representative. The film director, Christopher Rufo, will also be on hand for a Q&A. Please bring your friends and family to USM’s Abromson Center Nov. 11.
Doors open at 1p.m., film starts at 1:30 p.m.. Find out more at www.ageofchampions.org/me.