JUNE 23, 2020
The city of Mentor has defended their title in the 2020 Mind Challenge for the New Majority championship with a 97-89 victory over Broadview Heights in a thrilling final round. Mentor was over 20 points behind at halftime in their Fact Finding Four semi-final battle with Broadview Heights, Rocky River and Cleveland Heights. They tied Rocky River for 2nd and won the tie breaker to advance to the finals where they pulled away from Broadview Heights late in the first half and held on to win. Mentor won $2,500 for their Senior Center, Broadview Heights won $1,500, Rocky River, the 2019 runner up won $1,000 and Cleveland Heights won $500. This year’s tournament grew from 16 cities in 2019 to 36 cities in 2020 (paired to 34 with Parma and Parma Heights and Chardon and Chesterland combining their teams).75 total teams and over 450 participants started out in January and continued with regional matches in February and March. Then the Covid 19 hit and closed the senior centers so we decided to fulfill the remainder of the tournament virtually on Facebook Live. Trivia host Lana Oriani worked diligently behind the scenes overcoming many technical glitches to conduct a great tournament.
“We congratulate all the teams for their participation and adaptation to this virtual format. Mentor’s win and the addition of two new teams to the final four only confirms the dedication seniors have to using their minds and enhancing their socialization skills to achieve the ultimate victory. In this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, Mentor is worthy of all the accolades for their win. Now it’s on to 2021” from co-founders Phil Levine and Art Greenberg.
The Smart Sixteen East Region pregame interview with WIlloughby, Oh senior resident Marie.
The Pregame Clip : The calm before the Senior Brain Storm at West Region
May 20, 2020
"Hi, this is Larry Morrow and welcome to Brain Olympics if you will or its actual name-Mind Challenge for the New Majority;
Semi-finals and Championship. This trivia competition is, as you know, for active seniors, which is each and every one of you. Now in its second year, I have been asked, by my friends, Mind Challenge founders, Art Greenberg and his partner, Phil Levine along with Lana Oriani of Get Lucky Trivia, to say a few words as we kick-off the competition on this Tuesday. Due to the pandemic I cannot be with all of you in person of which I am so disappointed.
We began in January, before the Covid-19 struck, with 75 teams and over 500 participants representing 34 cities, which is up from 16 last year. I am too a senior and probably a lot older than some of you, so I too, am considered one of the old people. But as a headline I just saw yesterday, said, “Old People have never been so powerful, and at the same time so vulnerable to the Covid-19.” OK, so we are fragile and have been quarantined going on four months, but we are strong, smart and hopeful of a new day… every day. It has been a horrific few months and I pray all of you here today are healthy and well and your family and friends too.
So, enjoy this day, exercise the wonderful brain God has given you, and exercise your spiritual gifts as you exercise your physical gifts. Enjoy this special day. Good luck to all of you."
Pictured from Left-Art Greenberg-Co Founder-The Mind Challenge, Gary Seeman, Bill Quigney, Robin Quigney, Fran Meinke,
Dee Groynom-Phil Levine-Co Founder The Mind Challenge (not shown-Sherry Seeman-Mentor Team)
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