CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla. (March 10, 2023) — If you walk the halls of The Glades at ChampionsGate on any
given Tuesday, you’re likely to hear the roar of residents coming from the shared living space. This is
where they’ve set up shop for their weekly Wii bowling league, an activity that has captured the interest
of more than 25 local seniors.
The senior living community – which offers independent, assisted living and memory care – started the
league last year at the request of residents. Some had played Wii bowling before, and others were just
looking for an activity to keep them entertained in the evenings. That’s when the Community Life
Director and a resident’s wife stepped in and took over.
The associate and Linda HIiavala, whose husband lives at The Glades, put pen to paper and came up with
the idea for The Gutter Busters. The duo designed the league like a traditional bowling league, with
teams and brackets, and residents jumped at the opportunity to compete in the inaugural season.
“Our team knew if we put a league together in a competitive way they’d show up,” said Heather Corton,
Executive Director of The Glades at ChampionsGate. “They’ve really taken ownership of the league and
it’s taken off. What’s great about the Wii is that it’s an activity that all residents can enjoy. We have some
who play sitting down and others who are jumping up and down when they get a strike.”
The group of more than two dozen residents ranges in age, from Diane Page, 78, to her teammate Edna,
who is 98 years old. Diane and Edna have aptly named their team The Golden Girls, and each of the team
members has taken on the persona of one of the characters from the popular show. For Page, the
bowling league has provided cameraderie with her neighbors at The Glades – and more than that, it’s
“I love going down there and being around everyone,” said Page. “The first season we had an audience,
and people were congregating and watching us. I wasn’t sure if I was playing to play or playing to perform
– I was flabbergasted. This year we don’t have many people watching because most of them are playing,
and some of them are very good. It’s competitive, but so much fun.”
Page admits that she wasn’t very good when she started, but eventually found her mark. She took home
the award for top score at the league’s awards ceremony last year. Since then, three new teams have
joined The Gutter Busters.
“We had a new gentleman play in the game of the week and get a strike on his first turn,” said Page. “I
looked at him and said ‘Where did you come from? We don’t need you here!’ But it’s all in good fun. Now
we’re looking into what else we can play – baseball or golf – there’s so many other things we can make
The second season of The Gutter Busters will come to an end on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. and the
community has plans for an even bigger awards banquet this time around. The success of the league has
prompted the community to introduce the game to residents in the memory care neighborhood.
“The Gutter Busters have proven that this is something that everyone can enjoy,” said Corton. “I’m really
looking forward to bringing the same joy and fellowship to our memory care residents.”
About The Glades at ChampionsGate
Located in ChampionsGate, Fla., The Glades at Champions Gate is a 223-apartment independent, assisted living and memory
care community located at 8400 Champions Gate Blvd. Amenities include a fitness center, movie theater, swimming pool, and
four unique dining venues, as well as award-winning programming through Watermark University. Managed by Watermark
Retirement Communities, The Glades at ChampionsGate is committed to creating an extraordinary and innovative community
where people thrive. For more information, visit https://championsgate.watermarkcommunities.com.
About Watermark Retirement Communities®
Watermark creates extraordinary and innovative communities where people thrive. We believe aging is about renewal rather
than retirement. Watermark communities are known for highly trained and caring associates, a lifestyle built on choice, fine
amenities, integrative wellness and innovative programs including the award-winning Watermark University featuring a wide
variety of engaging classes for residents and area seniors. Watermark has been named in the top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging
Services in a national program conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute and published on Fortune.com. A privately held
company with a reputation for over 30 years for service, innovation, integrity and financial stability, Watermark manages more
than 70 retirement communities in 22 states coast to coast. Based in Tucson AZ, Watermark is ranked as the nation’s 9th-leading
senior housing operator by the American Seniors Housing Association. Visit watermarkcommunities.com for more information.