Senior Basketball


Join us for an exciting game of basketball.  The program is for seniors 55 years of age or better. 

Games are held at the Optimist Recreation Center, 703 Oakwood Ave NE, Huntsville, AL.

 “Basketball doesn't build character.  It reveals it.” 

For more information, contact Charlie Hillis, 256-534-0249 or Email or Buzz Bukvic, 256-503-8415 or Email

Here is the registration form.

Health Benefits

Basketball is a great cardiovascular workout.  Playing basketball helps you:

  • Improve heart and lung health
  • Build endurance
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve coordination and balance
  • Develop concentration and self-discipline
Basketball History 

Basketball was invented in 1891 by Jim Naismith, a physical education teacher at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Since the class he taught were confined to the indoors in the severe winter months, Naismith was tasked to come up with a game that could be played indoors.  He was successful in creating “basketball” and the first game was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets.

The sport caught on and spread from the YMCA to colleges.  The college level formed professional basketball leagues. The game gained popularity and, in 1936, basketball became an Olympic sport. Today, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world.