Strong Black Dog

USA • Colorado

James R. Creasey

2019, Ron Hering Awards

“My mission is to create connection and playfulness by living with curiosity, courage and kindness.

In the silence and confusion of dementia, on a summer holiday in 2008, James Creasey discovered new connections with his father. As they played croquet together, they both smiled. James wanted to share this experience with other families impacted by dementia and reduce the isolation of seniors who do not have family close-by to play with them. So James began to train and equip high-school and college students to play croquet at their schools as an outing, every two weeks, for the residents of local senior communities. Jiminy Wicket has played with more than 10,000 participants from 2 to 101 years old and from more than 107 countries on three continents and at events in Denver, Boston, London, and Brisbane.

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