3 January 2019
Humana Hero of the Month - Sherrick Anderson
We met Sherrick Anderson during the 2018 Basketball event where he competed in the 3:3 event. Traveling from their home city of Beloit, he and his wife Lahoma, and their grandson had a great time. His enthusiasm for the games is contagious, and he felt the games went great - competitive, but fun at the same time.
Sherrick’s journey into competition started back in high school where he participated in basketball and track and field. Over the years, he began working out at Beloit College with friends. They encouraged him to compete in Wisconsin Master’s Basketball . . . where he also received an invitation to compete at the National Masters games in Florida. His two daughters competed in Track & Field in high school where he would help them train.
All of these led him to start competing again at the age of 42. His friends competed in the Wisconsin Senior Olympics and Sherrick started the first year he could back in 2017. His friends nominated him to be the basketball team captain called Noon Ball - named after when the team practices (three times a week at noon at Beloit College).
As the pastor of Higher Ground Christian Center, Sherrick leads his congregation spiritually. However, he also encourages church members to get involved with sports. Higher Ground has had a youth track team compete in the Amateur Athletic Union Games for the past three years.
As his wife, cheerleader, coach and trainer, Lahoma helps keep Sherrick in line but with much fun and love. She turned 50 last month and is looking forward to joining in the WSO games in 2019. Fitness is a family affair for them.
Between their own careers, workouts, competitions and activities, they also enjoy all of their grandchildren. Their younger daughter earned a basketball scholarship to Lindenwood University which provides great competition to go watch.
Sherrick’s advice to those who might just be getting started is “Do it because it makes you feel better.” He goes on to say that staying active gives you the motivation to get through everyday life. He has enjoyed meeting many people, with friends across the country. Sherrick feels that being competitive includes competition with others as well as himself. “I use my results to see how far I can take it,” and this motivates him to keep playing the game. . . and encouraging others to get in the game too!
We are looking forward to seeing Sherrick and Lahoma competing for years to come at the WSO Games!
We are proud to have Humana be the sponsor of our Athlete of the Month stories.
Humana Heroes seeks to honor an athlete who has made a significant contribution to the WSO through outstanding participation in our state games, the National Senior Games, or through volunteerism in our organization. Humana supports people in their daily endeavors to live a healthy life and is dedicated to creating innovative programs and partnerships that reflect our commitment.
Humana is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 National Senior Games and has been a sponsor of the WSO since 2015.
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