GOLD BALLS is an inspiring family-friendly documentary about five athletes determined to win a national championship in tennis. The catch is, they’re all over age 80!

You’ll meet a cranky ex-lawyer, one of Wisconsin’s most eligible bachelors, a romantic naval officer, a 94-year-old comedian, and a charming minister’s son as they barnstorm the country in pursuit of their dream.

Audience members are calling the film “quirky and heartwarming” as they fall in love with these determined competitors. It’s a powerful story about goals, resilience and the ageless human spirit.

GOLD BALLS will motivate people of every age and stage to pursue their dreams and connect, engage and share their way to a healthier, happier life.

2016 – 2017 Screenings

The Players

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He lives in his van seven months of the year so that he can travel to play in tennis tournaments. He plays in more than any other senior player tracked by the USTA. He's got bronze balls and silver balls but desperately wants to win his first GOLD ball.

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He's number one in the world in the 80 and over category. He's a former Big 10 coach and television commentator. He's been named one of Madison Wisconsin's most eligible bachelors. And he's out to win a Grand Slam this year: A gold ball on every surface: Indoor & outdoor hard, grass, & clay.

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He's among the top 5 in the world in the 80 and over category. He's a former Naval officer, has been married for over fifty-seven years, and he wants to win a national title and make the world team so he can take his sweetheart abroad.

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At age 94, he's now the #2 ranked player in the over 90 category. He's a long time Santa Barbara tennis coach and comedian. Diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, he's starting to feel the effects of his age. He's just one gold ball away from breaking the record of 129 - for the most gold balls ever won by a man.

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He publishes Black Tennis Magazine, which he founded in 1977. He learned tennis from his Methodist minister father, who was so concerned about the parishoners seeing him engaged in the 'frivolous' activity, that they could only play out of sight in their backyard. He worked as a school administrator for 30 years, and had his best record in competitive tennis last year, at age 79.

We’re a youth-obsessed culture. It’s amazing for people to say they know how the story turned out. It’s great to have an interviewee that can talk about all of those accidents; that can talk to the life narrative of how we get here.”

— Marc Pachter, Former Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery & creator of the Living Self-Portrait Series