All it Takes is a Dream and a Request

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Early last month during morning Cardio Blast Workout residents here at Applewood Place, A Juniper Senior Living Community, were furiously tossing balls to one another as a part of aerobic and coordination training, when Jack breathlessly commented, “What we really need is a basketball hoop!”  Other attendees in the class were quite in agreement.

We tossed around ideas of cutting a hole into a laundry basket and using heavy gauge wire to rig something up, but nothing seemed quite right.  I happened to need something from our Maintenance Director, Doug Lindamood and his Assistant Tim Brown, when I took the chance and ran our idea of a laundry basket-basketball hoop.  Doug downplayed the idea as it really would look shoddy.

I left the idea there, but a seed had planted itself in Doug’s mind, and lo and behold, a week later when I walked into the exercise room, there were Doug and Tim perched on ladders hanging a regulation basketball hoop.  That morning there certainly were smiles on our faces.

Since then, Jack has made shooting hoops a regular part of his exercise routine, and I have been blessed to throw a few myself.  We are often joined by other residents who enjoy the rigor of aiming to sink a ball, and who knows, with the dream of challenging Lakewood Reserve, our sister community, maybe we can make a Juniper Tournament a reality too!

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