Granny Basketball takes on MSHP for round two
Granny Basketball isn't the average five vs. five on the hardwood. No prior knowledge of the game is required, but there is a minimum age requirement.
You've got to be at least 50 to play with these ladies.
In Jefferson City, there are three teams in the Granny Basketball league: Shooting Stars, Passing Fancies, and the Capital Chicks. The women practice three times a month and host various charity games throughout the year.
Team member Donna Toler said it's all about friendship, staying active and giving back. She brought Granny Basketball to the Show-Me State.
"Granny Basketball actually started in Iowa," she said. "These ladies came to Jefferson City. I went to the game, and 'I thought I'd like to do that.' I'm very tall. I did not get to play in high school because Jefferson City High School did not have basketball for women in that time, so I thought I'd like to do this. I got the word out to several of my friends, and it just skyrocketed."
Saturday, the grannies faced off with the men and women of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. What the MSHP players don't know until they arrive, is a particular set of rules. They must place their dominant hand behind their back and they can't jump, are some of the rules.
Despite the goodhearted nature of the event - the teams raise money for Child Care Aware of Missouri - Toler said a competitive drive is necessary too.
"We've got some competition out there," she said. "Some of those highway patrolmen are pretty tough. We try to remind them that we could actually be their mother, so they need to kind of take it easy on us."
Saturday's game was the second time this year that MSHP and the Grannies have faced off. In March, the Grannies won, but Saturday MSHP took the win. The score was 28-24.