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Senior Center promotes fitness with Super Bowl Party

Photo by Curt Yeomans: A.J. Gardner (center), of College Park, shows off his dance moves during a Super Bowl Party hosted by the Frank Bailey Senior Center’s fitness facility, in Riverdale. The event was intended to promote men’s fitness, officials said.

Photo by Curt Yeomans: A.J. Gardner (center), of College Park, shows off his dance moves during a Super Bowl Party hosted by the Frank Bailey Senior Center’s fitness facility, in Riverdale. The event was intended to promote men’s fitness, officials said.

There is only one thing to remember if a person every plays Super Bowl trivia with New England native, Yolanda Purvis — the answer to every question is “Tom Brady.”

Purvis, the health and fitness coordinator for the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center in Jonesboro, is a fan of the New England Patriots, and its famous quarterback. She repeatedly yelled out Brady’s name as an answer to questions posed Friday, during a Super Bowl trivia game at the Frank Bailey Senior Center’s Fitness facility, in Riverdale.

Even if the question was about famous running backs, and coaches, “Tom Brady” was still the answer Purvis shouted out with enthusiasm. Almost every time, of course, “Tom Brady” was not the current answer.

She even joked afterward about her favoritism toward the New England star, who is known as much for his looks, as his football credentials, by saying “we’re dating — he just doesn’t know it yet,” to the amusement of co-workers and Frank Bailey Senior Center clients.

“I’m from Boston, so yeah, I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots,” Purvis said. “Yes, I love Atlanta, but New England is where I grew up, so I’m a little biased toward my hometown team.”

The Super Bowl trivia game was part of a Super Bowl Party the Frank Bailey Senior Center held for local seniors. It ties in to this Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, but it was really intended to promote the center’s facility among men, said its program coordinator, Tiffany Campbell.

It was the first-ever Super Bowl party hosted by the senior facility, which opened last spring.

“We’ve been trying to get more of the men to use our facility,” Campbell said. “We have a lot of women who participate in our fitness classes, but we don’t have as many men. We need to convince some of these men, who only come to the center to play cards, or pool, to come over here, and try some of our fitness classes. So, we decided to try something that we thought would appeal to men, like a Super Bowl Party.”

The event featured a variety of contests, including the trivia game and competitions to see who could throw a football the farthest, who could kick the ball the farthest, who could hold the famous Heisman Trophy pose the longest, and who had the best “End Zone Dance.”

The event wrapped up with everyone participating in a “Soul Train Line” dance-off.

Campbell said 30 men attended the event, and several of the men said they enjoyed themselves, adding that they hope it will lead to more men using the fitness facility.

“Men think they are invincible, so they don’t take care of their body as well as they should,” said College Park resident, A.J. Gardner, 62. Gardner said he has survived potentially deadly heart problems, and now uses the senior center’s fitness facility on a daily basis. “I know, now, that I should take care of my health,” he added.

Riverdale resident, Johnny Thompson, 58, added, “Our bodies break down faster than women’s bodies do.”

But, it was not just men who attended the Super Bowl Party. There were a few of the fitness facility’s female customers there as well. Some of them saw the large number of men who attended the event as a positive sign that more will begin coming to the center.

“This is great, because we had a lot of men to come out today,” said College Park resident, Annette Moore, 62.

Campbell did not rule out the possibility of the center holding another Super Bowl Party next year, or possibly making it an annual event. “Given the turnout we had [Friday], I could see us doing it again next year,” she said.

Thompson said he is hopeful that comes true, because he enjoyed himself. “I think they did a beautiful job with it, and I hope they do it again next year, or next week, or tomorrow,” he said.