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SENIOR GAMES MOVEMENT TIMELINE

 

Here’s how the Senior Games Movement has developed over time, beginning with the first known event in 1970. Find the dates for when your state first held multisport events for seniors, as well as other key moments in NSGA history.

Please note that there may have been individual and local events held prior to the year shown for some states. These dates indicate when regular multisport events took shape and contributed to the formation of the first national event in 1987, followed by the years when State Member Games began that became qualifying events for National Senior Games.

 

ESTABLISHMENT
1970

The beginning of the road

First "Senior Olympix" multisports event is organized by Warren Blaney in Los Angeles.

1975

Sanford, FL

First known recurring local Senior Games begin in Sanford, Florida - and still going!

1977

Let the Games Begin! - CO, IL and RI

Colorado, Illinois and Rhode Island had their first senior games.

1979

CT, MI, NM, OH and VA

Connecticut, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia had their first senior games.

1980

MD and WI

Maryland and Wisconsin had their first senior games.

1981

TN

Tennessee had their first senior games.

1982

GA and NY

Georgia and New York had their first senior games.

1983

DC, NC and VT

Washington DC, North Carolina and Vermont had their first senior games.

1984

AZ, MS and SD

Arizona, Mississippi and South Dakota had their first senior games.

1985

National Organizing Committee & IA, MT, NV and SC

First National Games organizing committee is formed in St. Louis; Iowa, Montana, Nevada and South Carolina had their first senior games.

1986

ME and NJ

Maine and New Jersey had their first senior games.

1987

and AL, KS, KY, NH, OK, UT and WY - National Senior Games

Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming had their first senior games; 1987 National Senior Games hosted in St. Louis, Missouri.

1989

NE and PA - National Senior Games

Nebraska and Pennsylvania had their first senior games; 1989 National Senior Games hosted in St. Louis, Missouri.

1990

TX

Texas had their first senior games.

1991

DE, FL, IN and MA - National Senior Games

Delaware, Florida, Indiana and Massachusetts had their first senior games; 1991 National Senior Games hosted in Syracuse, New York.

1992

AR, CA, OR and WV

Arkansas, California, Oregon and West Virginia had their first senior games.

1993

MN and ND - National Senio Games

Minnesota and North Dakota had their first senior games; 1993 National Senior Games hosted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1994

MO

Missouri had their first senior games.

1995

WA - National Senior Games

Washington had their first senior games; 1995 National Senior games hosted in San Antonio, Texas.

1997

NSGA Headquarters Moves - National Senior Games

NSGA Headquarters moves from St. Louis to Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1997 National Senior Games hosted in Tucson, Arizona.

1998

NSGA Foundation and HI

NSGA Foundation is formed; Hawaii had their first senior games.

1999

National Senior Games

1999 National Senior Games hosted in Orlando, Florida.

2001

LA - National Senior Games

Louisiana had their first senior games; 2001 National Senior Games hosted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2003

AK and ID - National Senior Games

Alaska and Idaho had their first senior games; 2003 National Senior Games hosted in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

2004

NVGAG

National Veterans Golden Age Games join NSGA as qualifying Member Games. 

2005

National Senior Games

2005 National Senior Games hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2007

HUMANA - National Senior Games

HUMANA begins as Presenting Sponsor of National Senior Games; 2007 National Senior Games Hosted in Louisville, Kentucky.  

2009

National Senior Games

2009 National Games hosted in Palo Alto, California.

2011

National Senior Games

2011 National Games hosted in Houston, Texas.

2013

Personal Best - National Senior Games

NSGA begins "Personal Best" health and wellness initiative with athlete profiles as examples of healthy, active aging; 2013 National Games hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.

2014

CAN

Canada Games (Quebec Province) joins NSGA as qualifying Member Games.

2015

Fitness Age Test - National Senior Games

NSGA releases "Fitness Age Test" survey of 4,000+ senior athletes proving value of having active lifestyles; 2015 National Games hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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