JACKSON, Tenn. – Aug. 5, 2008 – As Paul Jackson and his teammates stepped onto the court for the Tennessee Senior Olympics basketball tournament, they hoped their team name – WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) – would intimidate their opponents.
He had another concern in mind as well.
“We just hoped it wouldn’t be weapons of mass self-destruction,” said Jackson, a Christian studies professor at Union.
Far from self-destructing, Jackson and his team won the state championship and gold medals at Battleground Academy in Franklin, Tenn., July 23-24. With the win, the WMD team qualified to play in the national Senior Olympics 3-on-3 tournament next year on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Senior Olympics offers a variety of athletic competitions for people over age 50, such as track and field, softball, basketball, cycling, racquetball and many other events. “There was a 94-year-old man out there doing some stuff,” Jackson said about the state competition.
Jackson and his teammates -- Charles Corley, George Woods, Michael Price and Ronald Weddle –- defeated the reigning six-time champions to win the state tournament.
The opposition had more size, but “we were just faster and shot better for those particular games,” Jackson said. “The Lord really blessed us with being able to play, and playing together.”