Petanque Bridging the Gap Between Retirees and Students

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Students from the University of Georgia and members of Park Springs in Stone Mountain competed Sunday a gripping game of petanque, where the students returned to Athens victorious following a 15-6 win over Park Springs.

It has to do with the nature of the game and the nature of art, not being too close to the target, or too unoriginal in your art; and not being too far from the target, or too avant garde in your art

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Students from the University of Georgia and members of Park Springs in Stone Mountain competed Sunday a gripping game of petanque, where the students returned to Athens victorious following a 15-6 win over Park Springs. The tournament, held in Stone Mountain at Park Springs, an award-winning residential community offering a continuum of care for those over the age of 62, brought together Park Springs residents, The Silver Foxes, and graduate art students, La Boule Dawgs, in a friendly game of a sport that is has been played in Europe since the 6th century B.C. and is growing in popularity in the United States. Though defeated by the UGA students, Park Springs' top team was 3-1, loosing a very close game in the semi-finals.

The 14 students all came under the direction of visiting professor and 2008-2009 Dodd Chair, Dr. Paul Kos, from the Lamar Dodd School of Art and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at UGA. The group is made up of graduate students in various fields including ceramics, drawing and painting and jewelry and metalwork. Kos uses the game of petanque as a metaphor for art making. "It has to do with the nature of the game and the nature of art, not being too close to the target, or too unoriginal in your art; and not being too far from the target, or too avant garde in your art," explains Kos.

Petanque, which is similar to boccie ball, is played on a rough course, and players take turns rolling a steel ball as close as possible to a target ball. Kos taught the students the game, which is a non-mandatory, extracurricular activity for those interested in playing, in just the last few months. None of the students had ever played petanque before, and the tournament at Park Springs was their first opportunity to compete with anyone outside of their own group.

Andy Isakson, Managing Partner of Isakson Living, developer of Park Springs, is an enthusiastic petanque player and president of the local chapter of the Federation of Petanque USA. Kos found Isakson through the Federation and initiated the tournament with Park Springs, whose members gladly accepted the challenge. The court at Park Springs was built in 2004 and members at the community play on a daily basis. A second match is planned in Athens for later this year. Kos, who has been playing petanque for 35 years, said that the petanque court at Park Springs is the best he has ever seen.

Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities, on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson-Living and managed by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a leader in senior living communities. LCS today serves more than 23,000 residents daily in over 80 communities nationwide. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit http://www.parkspringscommunities.com.

Isakson Living is Atlanta's leading developer of residential communities offering a continuum of care for adults ages 55 and older. Isakson Living upholds a personal and professional commitment to empowering members through groundbreaking wellness opportunities, concierge medicine and hands-on involvement in their communities. Isakson Living has won multiple awards for its flagship community, Park Springs in Stone Mountain, Ga., and Peachtree Hills Place in Atlanta, currently in development. For more information on Isakson Living, visit http://www.isaksonliving.com or call 770-559-4829.

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