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“It’s really a lot of fun,” said Sechrest, who founded the BBBC. “The best thing is just to see them all together and having a great time. We have a lot of fun in our little club.”
Several years ago, a group of men started playing pool together in The Buckingham’s Billiards Parlor. After gaining a few new players Sechrest suggested they have a little competition. By 2012, they had 16 people.
“We kind of met new people coming in the door and asked them if they played pool,” said Sechrest. “The main excuse was that they hadn’t played in 30 or 40 years. I said come watch us. We now have 25 men in the group.”
The men have a tournament every week. It starts Saturday morning and goes through Friday evening. Sechrest schedules who plays who, and the men are responsible for scheduling when they play. To add to the fun, an anonymous benefactor donated silly socks and special billiards gloves for the men to wear while they play.
While he hasn’t participated in any of the tournaments, Sechrest does challenge the men every once in a while. One of the highlights of watching the games for him is that he learns new things as they’re playing. They like to keep the games fast and simple. He says he never knew retired people could stay so busy.
“I’ve had many of the wives meet me in the hallway and say they’re so glad this started,” said Sechrest. “It gets their husbands out of the house and gives them something to do. The guys really enjoy being away from the normal activities and having a place of their own.”
By shooting the breeze while shooting pool, they have established a tight knit group. When they’re not participating in and watching tournaments, the men enjoy men’s hour with beer and buffalo wings and have outdoor barbeques by the pool.
Because of the growth of the BBBC, The Buckingham recently added a second table in the Billiards Parlor. In 2013, the men played about 900 scheduled matches, but probably played three or four times as many games. They hope to begin playing against other communities in the future.
ABOUT THE BUCKINGHAM
The Buckingham, a Masterpiece Living community, is Houston’s premier life care senior living community located in the heart of the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 42 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.
The Buckingham is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information visit www.buckinghamhouston.com, or call (832) 426-1372.
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Image 1: Residents and friends enjoy playing pool at The Buckingham