Hometown Teams: You’re Only As Old as You Feel

Hometown Teams_Title Treatment_SM_color_FNLKHC is pleased to announce a special tour of Hometown Teams, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition coming to Kansas in 2015. Click here for the eligibility requirements and application.

Hometown Teams explores the ways sports build and unite communities. The enthusiasm and dedication of fans, athletes, and coaches bond us across time, cultures, generations, and geography. Applying to host Hometown Teams? Here are some stories and videos to use as inspiration for your Hometown Teams application as you consider your community’s unique sports story through the lens of the humanities. Note: inclusion of articles and videos in this post is not an endorsement.

Spanning Generations

When it comes to sports how old is too old? As people live longer, many are staying physically active well into their sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond. Here are a few examples:


“You’re never too old to chase a dream.” Swimmer Diana Nyad is the latest among many older athletes. The Washington Post

“Go, Grandma!” A profile of pickleball at the National Senior Olympics. NPR

Are there older athletes in your hometown? What sports activities do they participate in? How does older athletes’ actives lifestyles affect their quality of life and the life of your community?

Click here for more information about Hometown Teams. The application deadline is September 30, 2013.