WATCH THE TRAILER
Age of Champions is the award-winning PBS documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age.
The Washington Post called the film "infectiously inspiring" and theater audiences across the country have fallen in love with its light-hearted take on growing older. It’s a powerful story to share with the whole family and get inspired to be healthier, happier, and more active.
LEARN THE SECRETS TO HEALTHY AGING
The characters in Age of Champions have discovered the secrets to living a vibrant life into your 80s, 90s, and 100s. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to:
- Be healthy, happy, and fit to 100 and beyond
- Encourage seniors in your family to become more active
- Stay positive through an illness or loss of a loved one
- Share your ideas about aging, health, and fitness with your friends and family
The special edition DVD and all bundles include a free 120-page Exercise & Physical Activity guidebook for seniors (PDF) from the National Institute on Aging. It's the perfect resource to start a positive conversation about aging with your loved ones.
Learn more about the DVD and exercise guidebook.
INSPIRE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Join thousands of families across the country that are using Age of Champions to inspire positive changes in their health and wellness. Here are some recent success stories:
- A 55-year-old woman in Sacramento showed the film to her elderly father who had given up on exercise—by the end of the film, her father was doing jumping jacks in the living room.
- A family in Cleveland—ages 6 to 86—watched the film and pledged to do a physical activity together once a week.
- A 94-year-old woman in Oklahoma City saw the film and set a goal of living without her walker for an entire day each week—and she’s kept it up.
The filmmakers and characters have recently appeared on ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Headline News, NPR, and Sirius XM:
CNN's "Sanjay Gupta MD"
ABC World News
NPR's "Tell Me More"
BUY THE FILM ON DVD
We hope you'll stand behind our work by purchasing the film on DVD. Your purchase will directly support our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and help us keep producing films like Age of Champions, telling positive stories about American life, and making them available to the public.
To buy the film as a gift, simply add the item to your cart, check out, and enter the recipient’s information in the “Shipping Address” section.
SPECIAL EDITION DVD - $25
Get the 72-minute feature-length version of the film and free 120-page exercise guidebook for seniors.
SILVER BUNDLE - $50
Get the special edition DVD, poster, bracelet, and free 120-page exercise guidebook for seniors.
GOLD BUNDLE - $100
Get the special edition DVD, poster, bracelet, Dare To Be 100 book, and free 120-page exercise guidebook for seniors.
"A profile of perseverance and discipline ... Age of Champions is infectiously inspiring!"
"Funny and sweet and sure to poke a tear from even the most hard-hearted."
"Makes you feel you're never too old ... it's who I want to be when I grow up!"
"Prepare yourself for a major dose of inspiration!"
SHARE THE FILM WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
More than 1,000 nonprofits, businesses, and educational institutions across the country are using the film to inspire their members, reach out to the community, and generate local media coverage.
We've created the Age of Champions Screening Kit to give organizations an easy-to-use resource for showing the film and leading a discussion about aging, health, and fitness.
Watch a short video and learn more about sharing the film with your community.
"I could not help but laugh and cry and empathize on so many levels with the remarkable older adults depicted in Age of Champions. This film captures the human spirit in all its frailties and strengths."
-Dr. Tamara Wolske
University of Indianapolis Center for Aging
"Very fun and very inspiring... the true value for staff is that they can see the abilities and possibilities rather than the disabilities and liabilities of older adults. It opened their thinking to what older adults can do!"
"We had more than 150 people attend our community screening and people are still talking about the movie! We now have ten or fifteen seniors practicing basketball and running and lifting weights because they were inspired to get active. It’s amazing!"
Watch a video of audience testimonials.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Christopher Rufo and Keith Ochwat are the co-founders of the Documentary Foundation, a Northern California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to documentary production, education, and outreach. They’ve produced three films for PBS—Roughing It, Diamond in the Dunes, and Age of Champions—and run a documentary education program for students in California's Central Valley.
The filmmakers with 100-year-old tennis champion Roger Gentilhomme
The filmmakers have spoken at dozens of conferences, events, and film festivals around of the world.
Their presentation weaves together thought-provoking ideas about aging and personal reflections on making Age of Champions, including:
- Why they made the film
- How it changed their perspective on older adults
- How everyone can benefit from a positive attitude about aging
Learn more about inviting the filmmakers to speak at your next event.
Rite Aid is the presenting sponsor for Age of Champions. Learn more about their Wellness 65+ program.
We've also partnered with leading senior, health, and fitness organizations to spread the message of lifelong vitality:
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