– Charlie Ganter, manager of risk and safety services for the CEI Group, is starting point guard and team captain for “Gino’s 55,” the gold-medal champions of the 2006 Delaware Senior Olympics 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Age 55-59 Division — not to mention the winner of an individual gold medal in the tournament’s division basketball championship.
Next month, Ganter and Gino’s 55 will represent Delaware in the 55-59 age bracket at the National Senior Games 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to be held in Louisville, Ky. Ganter, 58, suffers from Parkinson’s disease, but doesn’t let it slow him down.
“… it’s under control through medication, and I refuse to let it limit me,” Ganter said.
Just 5 feet 8 inches tall, Ganter said his basketball prowess comes from “my ability to hit the open man and my outside shot. I hide among the trees and try to be a sniper.” It also comes from a training regimen that includes four hours of practice a week, weight training, and mountain biking, as well as coaching his eight-year-old son’s undefeated recreation league basketball team.
Ganter and his team won their latest honors last October. Now, his skill and determination have helped propel it to the national level. There will be more than 300 mens’ and womens’ teams competing in Louisville, and Ganter said his team is guaranteed a minimum of four games.