Athenian spirit comes to Northern Virginia

Greenspring Senior Olympians ready for competition

Created date

August 1st, 2009
Tennis Competition
Tennis Competition
Whether they re tossing a javelin through the air, swimming laps in the pool, or perfecting their serve, Greenspring s top athletes are preparing to compete in Northern Virginia s Senior Olympics, held this September. The Senior Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and friendly competition, says Greenspring s own seasoned competitor, Ray Kaminski. No excuses At 93, Kaminski is known as the Iron Man among his peers at Greenspring and for good reason. He s been competing in the Senior Olympics since the inaugural Northern Virginia games in 1983. Since that time, he s served on various committees within the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics program and now serves as the program s point-of-contact at Greenspring. But above all, he continues to compete. I really try to encourage more active participation among seniors, Kaminski says. I love to compete; that s why I do it. But I also try to set an example by working out and not quitting. I tell people, Don t give me an excuse because you can always find one. In this year s games, Kaminski hopes to compete in a remarkable six events including the softball throw, softball hit, tennis doubles, ten-pin bowling, javelin, and horseshoes. Friendly competition However, for Kaminski, making friends is as important as the competition. In fact, many of his friends and former competitors are now living at Erickson communities. Good friend Manny Hershkowitz now lives at Ashby Ponds, where he continues to play tennis and golf once a week. We played doubles tennis together in a national competition about ten years ago, Kaminski says. We had a good time and joined almost 10,000 other athletes. Ray s a great athlete and good friend but he hasn t beaten me yet, jokes Hershkowitz. For his part, 92-year-old Hershkowitz is listed in the Guinness World Records book as the oldest ball boy by the U.S. Tennis Association and loves to play the game. I m thankful and grateful that I can spend time playing golf and tennis, he says. I really believe you live longer if you keep active. Kaminski agrees. You can t force anyone to do anything, but if you want to make some great friends and feel good doing it, then exercise, practice, and come out to the Senior Olympics.