By Greg Sesek, Guest Blogger
On Tuesday, June 25 in Wheeler Auditorium, 175 local seniors attended a screening of Age of Champions, an award-winning PBS documentary. Organized by Programs & Publications Department staff member Theresa Edmonds, we invited residents from Baltimore senior communities Ivy Senior Center, Edmondson Village Seniors, Memorial Apartments, Bolton North, St. Gregory the Great and Basilica Place to watch the film and join a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Age of Champions chronicles several participants in the 2009 Senior Olympics including an 88 year-old competitive swimmer battling cancer, a 100 year-old tennis champ and a team of basketball playing grandmothers. The seniors were inspired by the film’s message, that age is not an excuse to stop living well, and showed their enthusiasm with much laughter and applause.
Keith Ochwat, Age of Champions filmmaker, attended the screening and participated in a Q&A with the audience following the film screening. Florence Jones, of Edmondson Village Seniors presented the Pratt with a donation for Programs, in appreciation of their invitation. Free cultural and educational programs like this one are made possible through the generous support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Watch the trailer for Age of Champions:
Baltimore’s seniors are among our most active customers. "The Pratt Library’s dedication to Baltimore seniors goes beyond books and material," says Dr. Carla Hayden, Pratt Library CEO. "We want to engage with our most loyal customers by offering them free programs year round such as lunches, movie screenings, computer classes, and health and flu clinics. The library is a meeting a place for all ages and we want to make sure we are committed in offering programs for all."
The 2013 National Senior Games, or "Senior Olympics" are being held in Cleveland, OH from July 19 – August 1.
Visit our online calendar to see more Pratt Library events just for seniors!