The reunion atmosphere of the 2022 National Senior Games presented by Humana was buzzing during the first day of Racquetball competition at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center.
While serious competitors, racquetball athletes form a tight-knit community, particularly in the older age divisions. Athletes exchanged hugs and gathered outside the courts between matches to catch up and watch other friends play. One even arrived days before his competition to make sure he saw his crew!
Robert Cox of Arizona and Mitch Milewski of New Hampshire are two friends who teamed up to compete as doubles partners for the first time in five year at the National Senior Games in the 75-79 age bracket. Both took up racquetball while in the military, and have been playing for over 40 years.
A racquetball challenge ladder at a base where Mitch was stationed got him involved in the game. Playing the commander was the top of the ladder, sparking Mitch’s competitive spirit.
Robert’s introduction to the sport came when he bought a wooden racquet for $10 from a nurse at Fort Ord in California, who also offered him a lesson. A natural player, Robert quickly became better than his teacher.
Stay tuned for many more special moments to come from 12,000 athletes celebrating, “A reunion for the ages.”