A 76-Year-Old Basketball Champ Shares How to Age Well

An interview with Mavis Albin, a basketball player featured in the PBS documentary “Age of Champions.”

Mavis Albin

Mavis Albin


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What's your best advice on aging well?

I worked while I was raising my three sons, and I didn't exercise. I thought it was a waste of time. But after I started with basketball, I saw what a wonderful thing it is. So I'd advise anyone, especially baby boomers, to start an exercise program, eat sensibly, take care of their bodies and stay around positive people. I don't want to be around negative people – it just pulls you down.

What would you like younger people to know about your generation?

The opportunities they have now – I think a lot of the WNBA and college kids take it for granted. Our team has often talked about, what if we had the WNBA to play in when we finished our basketball careers? That would have been the most amazing thing to us. But I don't know if the kids appreciate all the opportunities that are out there for them.

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How many grandchildren do you have?

I have seven handsome boys and one beautiful girl. They're in and out of here every day, and I'm just so thankful for that. They support me wholeheartedly. I remember the first tournament I was in – I came home and they had a big banner across my den that said "congratulations," and they had a big old cheesecake made. It was just really, really sweet. I couldn't have a better family.

More than 1,000 senior centers and organizations have hosted screenings of "Age of Champions." To find out how you can become a host, visit ageofchampions.org.