Video: Ladies Hoops is a Big Hit in Minneapolis at YWCA
For more than 20 years, the YWCA of Minneapolis has had a women's basketball league. In fact, there are now 200 teams participating in five leagues. We really took notice though because the "over 40" league has taken off recently.
Sonja Froyen is on a fast break to the hoop off a turnover. She loves the game of basketball. Froyen's remembers her first time in this gym. It brought her back to her glory days.
"It was just like high school all over again, It was really fun. So I've stuck with it 7-8 years now," Froyen said.
The "Silver Fox Women's Basketball League" started in 2005. It's a unique league for women 40 and over. Darcie Ludeman is Wednesday nights referee. She says, at the time they had two teams. since then they've grown to 12 teams with over a 120 players.
"Regular season is about seven games long. You are guaranteed at least one game in the playoffs. So you could play max, 10 games if you make it all the way to the championship," Ludeman said.
Most women who play are between 40-50 years old, their oldest player is 62! The leagues philosophy is to empower women through sport and build life long friendships. Wednesday night Sandy Gilmore is keeping score. Typically she's running up and down the court.
"I never thought that I would be doing this at this stage of my life. I've met some wonderful people that are friends not on the court but off the court," Gilmore said.
The skill level may vary but most don't mind. It's social but that doesn't mean it's not competitive.
Most of all though, everybody is welcome.