Poms Movie: The True Story Behind the “Sun City Poms” Women

By: Meredith Witthar | Kristina Guerrero | Victor Padilla Posted: 9:39 AM, May 8, 2019 Updated: 9:43 AM, May 8, 2019

Diane Keaton is the star of the Poms movie, where ladies in a retirement community start a cheerleading group. But Poms is based on a true story about a group of ladies called the Sun City Poms – and The List got to speak to them! Read on to learn the true story of the Poms, as well as a few of their secrets to staying young.


1. The True Story of the Poms


Let’s start off with learning a little about the true story of the Poms. “The Sun City Poms started in 1979 as a cheerleading squad for a world champion […] women’s softball team here in Sun City known as the Sun City Saints,” shares group member Greta Paulson. And these golden gals aren’t feeling their age one bit! “When you think of somebody as 80, you think of somebody with a lot of grey hair sitting around knitting or crocheting,” says Tommie Sebring. “I’m very, very active – I travel a lot and pom keeps you really going.” Now they’re sharing their secrets to staying young, so keep on reading.


2. Find Your Passion


Their first bit of advice is finding your passion. “I had been in Sun City for five years, and I had tried different things and nothing really stuck,” admits Sally David. “Then I found out about the Sun City Poms I said that’s my calling!” Pat Weber shares the similar sentiments: “The Poms are my life. My husband passed away almost 15 years ago and I was new in Sun City. I simply made up my mind that this was going to be my life, and it’s been a wonderful life.” Um, can you say heartwarming?!


3. Stay Active


Their next secret is to stay active. “I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my late 20s,” shares Gloria Tolla. “Every decade that I’ve gotten older, it’s been harder and harder for me to walk and do just activities of daily living. Joining the Poms has kept me active. I forget about my pain, so to me the Poms have given me a whole new life.”  You go, girl!


4. Don’t Give Up – No Matter Your Age!


Once you find an activity you love, remember never to give up – no matter your age. “I’m the oldest on in the Poms,” admits Ginger Price. “If I make a mistake, they tolerate me. I just say, well – what do you expect? I’m old!” You betta work!


5. Stay Social


And finally, they say you’ve gotta stay social. “We’ve just become a huge family,” says Ruth Pharris. “It’s very rewarding,”. Aw!


Are you feeling inspired yet? Now you know a little more about the true story of the Poms, as well as their secrets to staying young.


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