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Gridiron stars interact with area seniors

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Bailey Runnett takes on Dorothy Christmas in a friendly game of checkers.

A group of Louisa County High School Lions football players tossed the football around with members of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center.

In addition to showing their elder counterparts how to throw a football, they played Wii and other games in the center and gym, while a few players drew the preschoolers of Shining Star Preschool into the activities.

Assistant Activities Director Angie Stanley was impressed with the respect and patience that the players showed to the seniors during the visit.

Stanley especially enjoyed the fact that there were multi-generational participants such as senior center regular Julia Jackson and her great-grandson, R.J., who is on the football team.

The athletes joined the group of approximately 120 for lunch, with everyone pitching in for clean-up afterward.  Then they all joined in a game of Bingo.

“Everyone had a smile on their face from the time it started ‘til everyone left,” Stanley said.

To read the entire story, see the March 7 edition of The Central Virginian.