Most people know Pat Boone as a singer who has sold over 45 million albums and has opened for singers such as Elvis Presley in the 50s and 60s. Pat Boone is not only a performer on stage; he’s also a performer on the basketball court. At the age of 79, Pat Boone is no stranger to the game of basketball. He’s been a team owner of the Oakland Oaks, associated with the largest sports league in the United States, the American Basketball Association (ABA). Pat has even played in the Hollywood Studio League with other celebrities such as Bill Cosby.
Boone, a Tennessee native, joined the Virginia Creepers, a men’s basketball team located in the Washington DC metro area which members range from ages 75 to 79. The Virginia Creepers are linked with the National Senior Games Association (NSGA).
NSGA is a nonprofit member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. This year’s games where played during the months of July and August. Pat’s longtime friend, Jim Martin from Arlington Virginia, suggested Boone come to Cleveland (Where the NSGA basketball events took place) to join the Virginia Creepers. Boone expressed his feeling for health and fitness as well as his passion for the game of basketball by stating: “anyone can get into the game at any time in their life. People need to stay active and find something to do that keeps them going. I love basketball.”