Retired but Still Rivals
On March 26th, the Navy team went against the Air Force team in a competitive game of water volleyball. No, none of the academy teams were participating. The match was between Vinson Hall and Falcon’s Landing, two area continuing care retirement communities.
Pool volleyball offers more than just exercise, as Col. August Kursar, a Vinson Hall resident, explained, “It’s an opportunity for guaranteed laughter. It’s wonderful for the body and soul. It makes you feel young again.”
“We had a lot of fun entertaining the Falcons Landing residents for lunch and water polo. We found they were very good players,” said Virginia Gilmer, also a Vinson Hall resident. The opportunity to socialize with residents from other local communities both before and after the game is an added bonus for the competitors.
Vinson Hall is working to create intramural competitions such as water volleyball or bridge that will draw many area facilities together in a healthy, socially enjoyable competition.
Falcon’s Landing was the first retirement community to accept the challenge. The first match was friendly, as all the matches will be. The Vinson Hall team and their trainers are working to introduce other teams to the concept of senior water volleyball.
Vinson Hall resident, Capt. Paul Peak, said, “Participants from both communities had a great time.” Promoting fun, healthy activities is the most important goal of the league.
“It was really fun. I liked it when we played mixed teams,” Capt. Richard Zimmerman, one of the player’s for Vinson hall, related.
Vinson Hall’s water volleyball team recently celebrated their one year anniversary. The community has two staff members that serve as personal trainers to the residents. The trainers adapted official volleyball rules to create a game that is manageable and fun for their residents. Pool Volleyball provides a gentle cardiovascular and muscular workout. Since the fitness center opened, the residents’ balance, hand-eye coordination, and reaction time has improved.
“I think The Fitness Center is the best thing that has ever happened to me, or to Vinson Hall! I have gone from using a wheel chair to walking with confidence,” Lib Harrison, a Vinson Hall Resident, exclaimed.