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CSU welcomes National Senior Games

Pat Boone paid a visit to Cleveland State University this summer, but the veteran pop singer wasn’t here for a concert. He was one of more than 10,000 athletes, ages 50 and over, in town for the National Senior Games. The epic competition was held July 19 through August 1 at various venues around Cleveland, including CSU, which hosted basketball and swimming events.

Boone, whose string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s included a chart-topping cover of “Ain’t That a Shame,” plays hoops for the Virginia Creepers, which competed in the men’s 75-79 age division at the CSU Recreation Center.

“Been playing basketball all my life,” Boone, 79, told sportswriter Terry Pluto of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper. “I love the game.”

At CSU’s Busby Natatorium, the National Senior Games competitors included former Olympian Graham Johnston, 83. Between races here, he was interviewed by National Public Radio’s Ina Jaffe and met Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Photo by Matthew Turner / Brooks Institute