Proof That You Can #PlayLikeAGirl At Any Age
Evelyn Jones, 108, is proving she's still in the game, and in it to win it.
Jones celebrated her most recent birthday by throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game this weekend, becoming the oldest person to have thrown the first pitch at a major league game. (The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who threw out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game in 2014.) The centenarian is a huge Mariners fan, says she never misses a game and attributes her impressive fitness to walking three miles a day until she was 96; see the heartwarming clip below.
Jones is just one of many silver foxes making a point of staying active as her age cruises through the triple digits. The National Senior Games is happening right now, and has already resulted in some pretty spectacular moments including a 100-year-old completing the 100-yard dash. And, nonprofit KaBOOM! — which builds playgrounds for children — partnered up with Humana to build intergenerational playgrounds to help the active elderly infuse more play into their lives.
Like the famous quote says, "You don't stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing." Go get 'em girls, regardless of your age!
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