Prepare to Be Amazed by the San Diego Splash

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Can you imagine a team of senior women playing in a basketball league? Prepare to be amazed by the San Diego Splash, a basketball team composed of women over 80 years old. Nine women are on the senior women’s team’s roster with majority of them born in the 1920s and 1930s.



The San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association is comprised of more than 140 women 50 and older, 24 of them are 70 or older. The Splash is the oldest team under the Association. The team has two titles at the National Senior Games. The team plays three-on-three in 30-minute half-court games.



The San Diego Splash Members

Majority of the players on the Splash have been shooting hoops for several decades now, both as players in the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association and in other leagues. The 90-year-old Meg Skinner has been playing basketball for 24 years and counts two broken wrists and four busted fingers among her battle scars. Fran Styles, 87, has been on the basketball court for two years now.


However, the 91-year-old Grace Larson has only been playing the sport recently.


“I was 78 when I got my first basketball shoes, so that was a thrill. Growing up, we didn’t have sports like the girls do today. We didn’t have the opportunity to play — that was before Title IX. I thought, oh gee that would be so much fun if I could actually play basketball. As long as I can, I’m gonna play.” (Grace Larson)


Getting some pre-game instruction from the coach. #sandiegosplash #seniorolympics

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The San Diego Splash women’s basketball team welcomes anyone who is at least 80 years old. According to 87-year-old Marge Carl, the team is open to any senior woman who is interested in playing basketball.


“If you can stand up and move your legs, you’re welcome.”


The Splash beat the Silver Slammers by 1 point. It was a tough game. #sandiegosplash #seniorolympics

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There is much fitness inspiration that the influencers of the San Diego Splash basketball team can give us, from all the positive vibes to staying at the peak of our health even at 90 years old.

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