BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Wednesday at the King University basketball doubleheader, King will have a treat for fans at halftime of the men's game. Ken Mink, the world's oldest college basketball player, will be putting on a demo to show fans that it is important to stay active.
Fans may remember that eight years ago, Mink appeared in seven games for Roane State Community College, and scored in three of those contests. Since then he was featured in hundreds of newspapers including the New York Times and the Chicago Sun Times. He has also been on television, including ESPN, Conan, Regis and Kelley and Good Morning America. Mink was in Sports Illustrated twice and there is currently a movie about his story in pre-production.
Following his stint at Roane State, Mink established the non-profit Get Up And Go!! to help inspire senior citizens to get off their couches and become more active, helping them lead healthier, happier and longer lives.
At age 81, Mink is on a basketball exhibition tour, performing a 2-3 minutes shooting and dribbling exhibition. He has appeared at high school, college and NBA games. While at King, Mink will also be giving away signed copies of his Ripley's Believe It or Not poster.
Mink spent 48 years as a journalist, including 15 years at the Knoxville News Sentinel and is currently the editor of a magazine, The Traveling Adventurer, and is the author of 21 books that are available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.