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Hermitage holds Wheelchair Super Bowl extravaganza

February 1, 2020 | 12:10 am

Updated February 1, 2020 | 3:42 am

The Owensboro Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation Center held a Wheelchair Super Bowl for its residents Friday as a pre-game shindig to the big game this weekend.

Eight seniors, both men and women, signed up to play on two teams. The room used for the game was decked with amenities.

Hermitage administrator Logan Midkiff said staff members wanted to make the ambiance feel like a real-life football game.

“We try to bring some activities and spontaneity into our Super Bowl season,” for our residents, Midkiff said.

The room was packed with people, food and pompoms as cheerleaders and football players from Owensboro Catholic High School were invited to the game. There was also a staff member dressed like a referee.

Some football players helped push the senior participants in their wheelchairs so they could toss and pass the football and maneuver through the recreated indoor football field.

The elderly players represented the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won.

“We lost, but I had a good time though,” said George Smith, 63. “I did this last year. I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it.”

Brandy Gross, HCRC quality of life director, said this is an annual event in its third year that the organization arranges.

“We all really had a good day,” she said. “All of us just being here together and celebrating the fact that Super Bowl is Sunday and that we could do it our way. I’m very proud of that to be able to let the elders live their life to the fullest.”

February 1, 2020 | 12:10 am

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