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Age ain’t nothing but a number, right ladies?

Meghan Overdeep
July 28, 2017

The Red Foxes are one of the scrappiest basketball teams in North Carolina. Every member of the team also happens to be 50 years old or more, but nobody gives that fact much thought.

For 12 seasons, the team of more than 40 women—aged 50 to 82—practice four times a week, and you can find them on the court every Saturday, Today reports. Based in Hickory, North Carolina, a modest city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Red Foxes compete locally and even on the state and national levels.

Like everyone else, they’re not immune to the pitfalls of aging—one player’s had two hip replacements, and another has a pacemaker—but they don’t let it slow them down.

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"They really are coachable," the team's coach, Karen Isbell, 52, told Today. "I know how older women can be, and they reach that age and it's like, 'I am gonna do it my way' ... But they still will try to listen and try to do what I would like for (them) to do."

Players hail from four surrounding counties, and have a wide range of skills and experience. Isbell's mother, Jean Glass, started playing basketball for the first time at age 69.

"When we get out on the court it makes no difference," Wanda Helton, 75, told Today.

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"When I was young I never dreamed at the age of 75 that I would even be here," Helton continued. "My image of old ladies were little old ladies with aprons and a bun. I never dreamed I would be out there bouncing balls and playing basketball and laughing like we laugh."

You go, girls!