Friendship Village Tempe Hosts New Senior Olympics Documentary Screening

Senior Living Community Brings ‘Age of Champions’ to Tempe to Promote Healthy Aging
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July 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Tempe, Ariz.:  A 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers are coming to Tempe on the big screen. Friendship Village Tempe is hosting a screening of the feature documentary Age of Champions on Thursday, July 26, at 1 p.m. The screening will be held at the community, which is located at 2645 East Southern Ave. in Tempe. There will also be appearances from film director Christopher Rufo and Friendship Village Tempe resident Mary Lou Skok, who placed 4th in the 400-meter freestyle in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Age of Champions is the inspiring story of a group of athletes all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The audience laughs and cries with these athletes as they discover the power of the human spirit and prove there are no limitations as we age. The film premiered to a standing ovation at the prestigious Silverdocs Film Festival, and the Washington Post hailed it as “infectiously inspiring.”

“Age of Champions shares an important story that life should be celebrated at any age,” says Rufo. “We are honored to partner with Friendship Village Tempe as we share the film with communities across the country.”

Following the film screening, Rufo and Skok will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Since 1980, Friendship Village Tempe has set the standard in senior living and provided its residents with a fulfilling retirement lifestyle. The community offers 575 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments and garden homes. As a Life Care community, Friendship Village Tempe also provides a full continuum of care, including on-site assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support residences and services. Friendship Village is managed by Life Care Services™, the nation’s leader in life care retirement living since 1961. For more information about Friendship Village, call (480) 831-5000 or toll-free (800) 824-1112, or visit the community’s website at

Age of Champions was produced by the Documentary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to documentary production, education and outreach. The Foundation is based in Sacramento, California. Learn more at
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