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ESPN features 80-plus women’s basketball team that includes 1957 UW alum Jansen

July 11, 2017

JoAnn Heckroth Jansen, who received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from UW-Madison in 1957, reports that she has retired to San Diego after spending “many happy years” teaching in Kohler, Wis., Sumner, Iowa, and Whitesboro, Texas.

Much to her surprise, Jansen says when she moved to San Diego she found a group of women at the local YMCA who play 3-on-3 basketball every week.

Jansen
JoAnn Heckroth Jansen and her teammates on the San
Diego Splash basketball team were recently featured in
this ESPN video report
“I dusted off the shoes, lost some weight, and joined them at age 66,” Jansen writes.

Today, she is 82 and recently competed in the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 80-plus age group.

“An amazing group and lots of fun,” she says. “The Wisconsin Spirit stays with you.”

To learn more about Jansen and the basketball team, check out this ESPN.com video report about the squad, the San Diego Splash. Jansen, the youngest member of the team, is No. 42 in the video.

Among the other media outlets reporting on Jansen and her teammates include:

• Good Housekeeping: "This Team of 80-Year-Old Female Basketball Players Proves Age Is Just a Number"

• The Huffington Post: “Prepare To Be Delighted By This Badass Squad Of 80-Year-Old Ballers”

• People Magazine: “Every Woman on This Inspirational Basketball Team Is Over 80 — and They 'Play to Win' ”

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