When “X” Stands for Fitness, Friends and Agility…

In a recent collaboration between Microsoft, New York City’s Department for the Aging and NYC Department of Technology and Telecommunications, senior centers in Flushing and Manhattan competed in a groundbreaking Xbox virtual bowling tournament.
 
NEW YORK - Jan. 9, 2014 - PRLog -- “X” marks the spot…Xbox that is, where more and more seniors are getting fit, making friends, improving self esteem and building team spirit.  In a recent collaboration between Microsoft, New York City’s Department for the Aging and NYC Department of Technology and Telecommunications, senior centers in Flushing and Manhattan competed in a groundbreaking Xbox virtual bowling tournament with results they claim improved their fitness, attitude and pride.

Selfhelp’s team conquered its language barriers -- with its diverse English/Spanish/Chinese speaking participants -- and pulled together ultimately to win the tournament against SAGE’s formidable team based in NYC.

“We are all winners here,” quipped one player who’s 88 and a great grandmother who often walks with the aid of a cane.  “Yeah,” added Harvey Wolfe “we also made some terrific friends along the way.  We will continue to virtual bowl long after the tournament ends.”

The teams connected online and practiced each week, watching as avatars on gigantic screens mirrored the players’ real movements.  Banter back and forth got team members and spectators excited about each player’s improvements.  They became local celebs as newspapers, TV and blogs followed the challengers.

“We’re in it to win it,” added SAGE’s Charles (The Dominator) Cole, 63, of Chelsea.  “But win, lose or draw…this is great fun!”

Selfhelp and SAGE will be using Xbox bowling and other games to keep fit and agile during the long cold winter.

For more info and to see a great video on this program please check out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQaZhF5eGRY



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