On a recent afternoon Hassan Hatefi, 81, uses a 3-foot-long plastic stick to throw a smaller, brightly colored, wishbone-shaped branch toward a tree. He walks over with the sword-like, plastic stick to pick up the branch and throw it towards another target.
With a concentrated face and proud smile, Hatefi, of Laguna Woods, repeats this until he’s halfway down the cul-de-sac.
“I’m an outdoors man, I don’t sit inside,” he said. “This started as a little fun game, but I have grown this not only into a game, but a sport.”
What began as Hatefi picking up sticks and trash while taking walks through his neighborhood eventually turned into a game he calls “wishbone,” which he has patented and plans to begin marketing.
“When I started playing with (the stick) it was really fun,” Hatefi said, explaining that he would use one long stick to throw smaller sticks towards the bases of trees or other targets. “I found that the wishbone-shaped sticks were much easier for aiming.”
Since discovering the pastime nearly a year ago, Hatefi began to cultivate his discovery into a structured game. He started using colored duct tape to distinguish his favorite wishbone-shaped branches and developed a sturdier, longer stick for throwing.
Now, outside his…