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New program lets senior citizens "Bear Down!"

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Football game UA vs. Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Courtesy: John Batbie

A local business is providing senior citizens with a chance to "Bear Down" this weekend through a new program, known as “Senior Cats!”

Residents at the Villa Hermosa Senior Living Community are more than excited for the opportunity to cheer on their Wildcats this weekend!

“I'm a huge fan,” said Villa Hermosa resident Marianne Starr. “I want to get to go back and see the campus and feel the college spirit as a older person, senior, I think it's wonderful.”

30 tickets to Saturday’s University of Arizona game against UCLA are being provided by Graphic Impact for seniors at Villa Hermosa and Amber Lights.

"I think getting seniors involved back into the community is a great, great idea to have," said Vice President of Graphic Impact Ryan Volin. “I know they're excited to go to the game and football is very excited to have them at the game.”

Getting this opportunity means a lot to residents.

“Especially, a football game of our beloved team, the U of A,” said Villa Hermosa resident William Kugelman.

"I've gone in previous years to all kinds of football games, my granddaughter was a cheerleader," said Villa Hermosa resident Kathy Hardin. 

"The sports, the people, the sense of being on campus, the memory and the new experience," said Starr. 

"We're going to load up the bus and have a great time and see if we can join a tailgate out there somewhere," said Villa Hermosa Executive Director Mike Soto. 

"The community wants our seniors out in about, they are still appreciated," said Volin. 

There are currently 8 U of A professors living at Villa Hermosa.

Volin says they hope to grow this program by getting all of the living facilities in Tucson involved in the distribution.

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