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Playing Basketball for nearly 70 years, Doug Wolf hangs up his gym shoes

Posted on May 28, 2024

Doug Wolf, an 82-year-old West Chicago resident and member of the Carol Stream Park District, has finally retired from basketball after nearly 70 years of playing. For the past decade, he played at the Fountain View Rec Center with a group of fifty and sixty-year-olds, whom he affectionately called “Spring Chickens.” Many in the group have been playing together for nearly three decades, starting at the Simkus Center before moving to Fountain View. Retired firefighter Greg Schwarze, who has been playing since 1999, remarked on the camaraderie and their evolving game, saying, “We don’t move as fast, but we fire up 3-pointers much more often.”

Doug appreciated the warm welcome and camaraderie from the group, who even threw him an 80th birthday party at the gym. Today, Doug sent a text to his fellow players, informing them that he needed to retire due to arthritis. Most of the group came out to wish him well.


Row 1 –
Tony Bordignon
Greg Schwarze
Doug Wolf
Fred Wilcox
Andy Stahl

Row 2 –
Roger Hughes
Mike Hall
Harold Lonks

Row 3 –
Matt Johnson

Missing –
Rich Ostrowski
Jim Roach
Adrich Beteta


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