Wednesday, August 15, 2012

From double transplant to Olympic medalist

Tennessean | Bonnie Burch

Steve Baum took home a bronze medal in the power walk, silver in the triple jump and gold in the 10K in last month's Senior Olympic Games. / JEANNE REASONOVER / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN

Senior Olympian competes in 'Choose Your Champ' contest

FRANKLIN — Steve Baum credits the Tennessee Senior Olympics for getting his activity level back on track after a double organ transplant in 2009.

Now, he has an opportunity to promote the nonprofit that encourages fitness and healthy lifestyles for those ages 50 and older through his participation in an online voting contest.

At 57, Baum of Franklin is one of 12 senior athletes profiled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s “Choose Your Champ” sweepstakes.

“We’re all happy to do it, although there’s nothing in it for us. It’s mostly to raise awareness for Senior Olympics,” said Baum.

On the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Facebook page, visitors can view video montages introducing each competitor. The senior athlete with the most “likes” wins the contest. Baum isn’t sure what the top prize is but thinks it might have something to do with a calendar.

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1 comment:

Steve said...

AS a post script to this...the good people of the state of Tennessee voted this "old fart with new parts" Most Inspirational Athlete for 2012. I was stunned because there are a lot of inspirational stories at the Senior Olympic. Thank you for posting this article.