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.

Buy the special edition DVD and get a free 120-page exercise guidebook for seniors.

Total runtime: 72 minutes.


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.


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.

Watch a video of audience reactions to the film.


The filmmakers and characters have recently appeared on ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Headline News, NPR, and Sirius XM:


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.

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"A profile of perseverance and discipline ... Age of Champions is infectiously inspiring!"

-Washington Post

"Funny and sweet and sure to poke a tear from even the most hard-hearted."

-Austin Chronicle

"Makes you feel you're never too old ... it's who I want to be when I grow up!"

-The Express

"Prepare yourself for a major dose of inspiration!"



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.


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.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video and learn more about the filmmakers.

The filmmakers with 100-year-old tennis champion Roger Gentilhomme


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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