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Sports Village celebrates 25 years

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SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Sports Village Owner Peggy Keel has dreamed about Saturdays Cruise to Nowhere 25th anniversary celebration for more than two decades.

To me this place is like a cruise ship because there are always so many fun activities going on, she said of the business she opened Jan. 1, 1988. Keel, who was the first aerobics instructor in Lebanon, has made her mark in the fitness world by staying ahead of the exercise curve and bringing fitness and fun to Middle Tennessee.

Everybody wants to live in a community that is healthier and full of energy. My son was a year old when I started. I saw somebody in New York that started aerobic dance and thought it looked like so much fun, she said.

Keel taught her aerobics classes at different venues in Lebanon before opening Aerobics Plus on Bay Court, which preceded the opening of Sports Village.

That was for women. I saw a big change from where they would come in tired and depressed. I would see a quick change. After class they seemed happier from there I decided we needed a place for everybody, she said.

Keel built Sports Village within a year to be a retreat away from the stress of life.

Our mission is to help normal people normal American families feel better. We want them to enjoy doing something because if you enjoy it, you will continue to do it, she said. Many members have met spouses here or had children since joining. Almost daily I have someone tell me what Sports Village has meant to their lives.

Sports Village opened its doors with 77 family memberships and has more than 2,500 members today.

Original and current members and their guests are invited to the Cruise to Nowhere Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The party will consist of dancing, games, door prizes and more.

We couldnt have made it 25 years without our faithful members and dedicated employees, Keel said. Sports Village has changed a lot over the years and even though it has changed it is still the general thinking of being a big family. We want people to feel good when they come here like a home away from home.

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