By Greg Lewis
Described by the Cavalier Daily in February 2012 as “the man, the myth, the legend,” 70-year-old Jerry Reid made national waves when he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia this past May during Finals.
Despite the half-century separating him in age from most of the student population, Reid was very involved in University life. He was a member of the Jefferson Society, the University Judiciary Committee and in Chi Phi fraternity. You could find him walking to class, studying in the library or hanging out on the Lawn. But did you know Reid was also involved in Intramural Sports?
In an interview with UVA Magazine, Reid said that he jumped at the opportunity to play anything intramural. “I played some 5-on-5 basketball, half-court, over at Mem Gym,” Reid said. As quarterback for flag football, Reid was a clutch player. And his bat was a formidable one in softball. Reid played on a total of eight teams in the two sports, from the “Average Bros” to “JR’S PLAYAS 44” His teams did pretty well, too. In 39 games, Reid’s teams notched some 23 wins.
Not bad for a septuagenarian.
Of course, there were limits to Reid’s athletic endeavors.
“There are some things older people shouldn't do,” Reid said, in the same UVA Magazine interview. “They shouldn't buy shoes that are supposed to turn them into Michael Jordan and expect it to happen.”
But Reid’s high level of motivation, his passion for staying active and his good-natured spirit are all things we can model and apply throughout our whole lives, no matter how old we get.
So here’s to you, Jerry. Congratulations on graduating and we challenge you to a pick-up game of basketball next time you’re at the AFC.
Greg Lewis is IM-Rec Sports' Marketing Coordinator and a fourth-year student in the College.