Elon Law employee’s poetry to be featured at North Carolina Senior Games

Custodial Supervisor Danny Little’s “Reflections of a Pandemic” was honored this spring in a local competition for athletes and artists over the age of 50.

Danny Little, Elon Law’s custodial supervisor, was honored for his poem “Reflections of a Pandemic” at the Greater High Point Senior Games and will have his copyrighted work on display in September at the North Carolina Senior Games. He will also compete at the statewide games in bowling.

The man who supervises the custodial team at Elon University School of Law nurtures a talent for poetry that has earned one of his copyrighted works the opportunity to be featured this fall at a statewide program.

Danny Little’s “Reflections of a Pandemic” received the Best in Written Word Award this spring during the Silver Arts Showcase of the Greater High Point Senior Games. 

“You can always find a positive in a negative situation if you look for it,” Little said. “That’s what ‘Reflections of a Pandemic’ represents.”

His achievement with the Greater High Point Senior Games advances the poem to the North Carolina Senior Games scheduled for three weeks in September in Raleigh where more than 3,000 registered participants will be showcased in over 70 sports and activities.

According to its website, North Carolina Senior Games began in 1983 “with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and wellness education program” for older adults. More than 50 local games serving every county across the state now take place.

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A friendly presence since 2014 around Elon’s downtown Greensboro campus, Little also took part last fall in the law school’s annual High Rhymes & Misdemeanors Poetry Slam hosted by the Legal Method & Communication Program with support from Elon University’s Center for Writing Excellence. “Reflections of a Pandemic” won the People’s Choice Award.

The poetry was only part of Little’s success at the Greater High Point Senior Games. He also won gold in bowling and will compete in Raleigh against other regional honorees.

What’s his takeaway from the recent accolades?

“It’s never too late in life to do anything. You’re only late when you don’t participate,” Little said. He then pauses. “Woohoo! I like that rhyme – and it was off the cuff!”