At school and elsewhere, special activities celebrate the Olympics


In a classroom decked out with flags and the Olympic rings, Eden Elementary students Blaine Pulis, Dominic Jones, Judah Holt and Jonah Rankin dance to a Russian folk song. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Springhurst resident Elizabeth Creek goes for the gold in the ''snowball toss'' during the Olympic-style games this week at Springhurst Health Campus. The Winter Games in Russia gave activity directors - as well as schoolteachers - the perfect inspiration for activities to celebrate and learn about the games. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — What happens if during the two weeks of the Winter Olympics you put two teams of senior citizens in a room with a six-inch ball and then hand everyone a broom?

The first thing that comes to mind is that one could simply get a severe thrashing from someone with years of broom-handling experience.

Alternatively, a broomball game might break out, and if you’re playing right wing of a geriatric two-on-one breakaway to the net, there’s the ripe possibility of both happening simultaneously.

Fortunately, it was only broomball earlier this week as Greenfield’s Springhurst Health Campus and others in Hancock County celebrate the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

While the American team competing in Sochi, Russia, 5,700 miles away – the U.S. team deadlocked the medal count Friday with Norway at 13 apiece – Hancock County residents from 8 to 88 joined in Olympic-style activities of their own.

Schools used the occasion to learn about unusual sports and geography. And at Springhurst, where activity directors are always looking for ways to engage residents in physical activities, serious bragging rights – if not shiny medals – were at stake.

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