“Shuffleboard is a sport we could do together to create new memories.”
Introducing Charlie and Caroline Homentowski. The Homentowskis’ will be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to compete in The National Senior Games shuffleboard singles and doubles. The National Senior Games, a 25-sport biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.
Charlie and Caroline have been competing in the National Senior Games for over four years. Caroline challenged herself in race walking, and Charlie battled it out in Tennis and Badminton. They both are very successful and decorated athletes. Fun fact: Charlie was the first Willow Valley Communities Resident to receive an award in tennis!
Now what made them want to venture to shuffleboard? In 2017 the couple watched others compete in shuffleboard at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama. “We thought now there’s a sport that we could do together and the other sports we couldn’t.”
Once the couple was back at Willow Valley Communities they committed to practicing this new challenge. In 2018 the Homentowskis’ put all their hard work to the test and qualified for the National Senior Games. Where they would go on to place in the top ten in their first national shuffleboard doubles endeavor. But this year they are really looking forward to the games. “We’re more experienced, and we know what to expect.”
Thinking about trying a new sport yourself? Take the Homentowskis’ advice and give it your best shot and try it. “We just decided we wanted to try shuffleboard, and we did much better than expected.”