My neighbors thought I was a little backward, so they dragged me to the college," said John "Gil" Bateman about his first opportunity to get involved in the physical education classes at Anne Arundel Community College.
Twelve years later, the 85-year-old is still involved with classes at the college. Every Friday, Bateman participates in the 40-minute modified dance class. After aerobics he plays table tennis and basketball. If the weather is good, he goes outside to play tennis.
Bateman, who also bowls and walks, said exercise is important because it makes people feel good. He said he has noticed many older people improve with the exercise classes. Coach Alan Pastrana, who teaches the Friday morning class, said, "You've got to like Gil because he is so upbeat and positive. He has a kind word for everyone."