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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Most grandmothers are sweet, but how many also have sweet moves on the court? March Madness may be in the record books, but basketball season never ends for dozens of North Texas grandmas. An increasing number of senior women are staying healthy by rediscovering a sport they have loved since childhood.

Barbara Legg is 68 years old. “My kids love it,” she said. “They brag to all their friends about how active I am.”

Kay Seamayer is 72 years old. “It makes you feel like you’re alive,” she said.

Both ladies grew up in the gym, and they just recently realized that they still know how to rock the rim. “Found this senior team three years ago and was so excited to get back,” said Legg. She and Seamayer practice and play year-round in their Granny Basketball League. It requires seniors to stay flexible and fit.

“I don’t take any medication,” said Seamayer. “I work out, mostly just come out in the gym and shoot and practice with my team.”

But there’s an extra benefit for the gals to being over 60 and still playing basketball. “The best thing, it’s a motivator,” said Seamayer. “Something I’m really passionate about. Something that really makes me happy.”

“If you don’t use it, you lose it,” said Legg, “and I’m taking it all with me. I’m keeping it!”

If you would like to play in the Granny Basketball League, Legg and Seamayer said, contact your local YMCA. They can connect you with a current team or help you create a new one in your area.

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