When Marilyn Reason joined the tennis team at a local junior college, the other players were skeptical. The problem? They were college-age teens and early-20-somethings. Marilyn was in her 60s.
In some ways, Marilyn was used to the challenge of breaking through the age barrier. She was also used to the rewards of doing so. She'd taken up tennis later than most—when she was almost 30—and by the late 1970s, had made it to the number one ranking in the 35-and-over division in the Chicago area.
By 1997, though, she thought her competitive tennis days were long past. But when the director of a tennis facility in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona, invited Marilyn to play for the local junior college, she decided she was up to the challenge. It seemed in line with the spiritual progress she'd been making—specifically with regard to breaking out of the age box.