For many years I've been playing tennis at Orange Coast College and learning important life lessons:
•The players are a diverse group — a wide range of ages and ethnicities, both genders, many walks of life.
•The sportsmanship and civility is stellar — no arguments, thrown racquets or walk-offs. (Okay, there's been one minor dust-up in my 15 years there.)
•The level of mutual respect and support is inspiring. In my 70s, I don't move as well as once did, but the only comments I get from my doubles partners are, "Nice shot, Ben!" or something similar. One other player about my age took some gentle ribbing when he first joined the OCC group for his occasional gaffs. But along with the kidding came apt suggestions for improvement — and, my, has he improved.