NEW YORK — When Margaret Hamilton brought her children to a tryout for a children's dance team affiliated with the WNBA's New York Liberty, organizers asked some of the parents if they'd be willing to try out for a senior team.
Hamilton's children encouraged her to go for it because she loves to dance.
None of them expected the outcome.
"They didn't make it, but I did," Hamilton said, letting out a tiny chuckle.
Twelve years later, her children still come to Liberty games to watch her dance as part of the Timeless Torches dance team.
There aren't many requirements for the Timeless Torches. Dancers must have a big personality, love to dance and be older than 40.
The oldest member is 77. Hamilton said her fellow dancers come in all shapes and sizes, but when they dance together, they're like family.
"We're showing people, everyone on the team is unique," she said.
They spread hope with each dance routine. Hamilton recalled a woman in the crowd of one Liberty game stopping her and another dancer as they walked by.
She said the woman had been having suicidal thoughts, but watching them dance gave her the inspiration she needed to keep living. It made her realize she was not too old to pursue her dreams.
It's what each member of the Timeless Torches embodies. They're having fun doing it.