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Taiwanese grandparents team up for League of Legends competition

Competition aims to bring positive attention to senior citizens

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(Facebook, Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation photo)

(Facebook, Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Grandesports Championship is set to take place on Sunday (Nov. 28), with esports players averaging 65 years of age competing in the game League of Legends.

Nearly a decade ago, the documentary “Go Grandriders,” created with help from the Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation, impressed Taiwan with its story of senior citizens riding scooters on an 1,178-kilometer journey.

This year, the foundation is promoting the Grandesports Championship to increase positive perceptions of older adults and showcase their courage and perseverance.

Taiwanese grandparents team up for League of Legends competition
(Facebook, Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation image)

The three esports teams were established separately in the northern, southern, and central regions of Taiwan. A total of 28 grandparents were recruited and given 10 esports lessons from August to November.

Although inexperienced with video games, these seniors were not above learning tactics from their coaches and grandchildren and spending an immense amount of time practicing skills. Some even traveled hours each week for the classes.

The passion and ambition of the grandparents infected their families. Some of their grandkids even made marks on their keyboard to help them remember how to play.

Taiwanese grandparents team up for League of Legends competition
(Facebook, Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation photo)

After two months, they are ready for their big moment. The championship will be streamed by the Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation on Facebook and broadcast on Yahoo TV.