Athlete of the Month

Each month, NSGA selects an interesting athlete to highlight from the vast diversity of people who participate in National Senior Games. These stories demonstrate the spirit of The Games and the benefits of fitness, fun and fellowship that athletes enjoy through their competitive efforts. Everyone has a story to share - what's yours?

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"Motivated by a Memory" March 2017 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Whitman “Pete” Cross, 85, Charlottesville, Virginia During this 30th anniversary year, NSGA has asked athletes to send in their favorite “Memories of the Games” to share on our website and on our National Senior Games Instagram and Facebook pages. One came from a brand-new competitor whose memory goes back to 1987. An excerpt: “I never realized until recently that I ha...
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"Bringing the Heat" February 2017 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Ronnie Lakatos, 56, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Ronnie Lakatos has always promoted physical fitness, both as an individual and through a long career as a coach and parks and recreation manager in south Florida. Five years ago, with retirement approaching, she started talking up the idea of having a senior basketball team with her friend and center Mattie Lenhardt. “Mattie and I had always...
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"Banner Year, Bright Future" January 2017 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Sue McCarthy, 53, South Portland, Maine Spectators and the media frequently spend more time lauding the accomplishments of our oldest athletes, and they are truly worthy of the attention. On the other hand, there are also equally impressive performances in the youngest sport age divisions. Case in point: Maine sprinter Sue McCarthy, whose first appearance at the 2015 National Senior G...
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"Christmas Hit Maker Runs Like a Reindeer" December 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Elmo Shropshire, 80, Novato, California While visiting the 2016 Florida Senior Games, we found an athlete whose name may not be familiar, but whose voice is instantly recognizable. That’s because Elmo Shropshire is the man who gave the world the smash hit holiday novelty song “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” The 80-year-old runner hails from Lexington, Kentucky but...
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"At Your Service" November 2016 Athlete of the Month

    HUMANA Hero: Carroll Marty, 82, Ames, Iowa At Your Service Carroll Marty has found the key to happiness and longevity, and it’s the same for all senior athletes: just keep moving. However, the 82-year-old has taken it to a level where it’s hard to keep up with the Iowa native and longtime resident of Ames. It’s not that he’s been a lifelong competitive athlete; that really began...
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"Senior Strider" October Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Brenda Matthews, 67, Anaheim Hills, California Senior Strider Trackster Brenda Matthews is at the top of her game. Last year, the four-time National Senior Games competitor scored four gold medals at the 2015 Games in the women’s 65-69 50, 100, and 200 meter races, plus the long jump. She also helped her 4x100 relay team earn a silver medal. She was undefeated in all of her 2015 ...
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"Hot on The Trail" September 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: John Younce, 68, South Shore, Kentucky Hot on The Trail Just about anyone who golfs has a bucket list of courses they hope to visit while they chase the little white ball and ponder life. There are dozens of individual dream courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and TPC Sawgrass, but one name on many lists represents a collection of 26 championship courses at 11 locations that span ...
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"Medals of Honor" August 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Jean Davies, 71, Los Lunas, New Mexico Medals of Honor The beaming lady you see here is 71-year-old track and cycling athlete Jean Davies of Los Lunas, New Mexico. She is not just smiling to celebrate winning gold medals in five events at last month’s New Mexico Senior Olympics, where she caught our eye. Jean is also happy that she is sharing some of her medals with the families of fa...
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"Museum Quality" July 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Fred Winter, 101, Holland Michigan Museum Quality Many recall the epic battle of centenarians in Minnesota last summer at the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana. The matches between Fred Winter and John Zilverberg in men’s 100-104 discus, javelin and shot put were hotly contested and caught the attention of many media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and NBC’s TO...
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"Like Father, Like Daughter" June 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Jane Katz, 73 New York City, New York Like Father, Like Daughter Dr. Jane Katz has made a lot of waves in her field. She earned her doctorate degree in gerontology and geriatrics from Columbia University and is nationally recognized as an educator, aquatics innovator and author of 14 books on swimming, fitness, and water exercise. She has taught water fitness to thousands at the City ...
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"Roll Playing" May 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Jerry Lindsay, 79 Las Vegas, Nevada Roll Playing Sooner or later, Jerry Lindsay finds himself in the middle of the action. “I’ve always been blessed with the ability to make friends and get along with people,” he tells us. “I guess it comes naturally to me.” The Los Angeles native, who as a youth ran track and played football in high school, earned a scholarship to Pepperdine Universi...
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"Author Finds Athlete Within" April 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Barbara Bradley Hagerty, 56, Washington, DC Author Finds Athlete Within You often hear how writers express the desire to be immersed in their subject, but usually it’s not taken literally. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, a best-selling author and career journalist who reported for National Public Radio from 1998 to 2014, had no idea she would competing in the 2015 National Senior Games pres...
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"Most Interesting" March 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Harold Vealey, 77, Charleston, West Virginia Most Interesting When the West Virginia Generals men’s 75-79 basketball team won a hard-fought gold medal in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana, the players celebrated another accomplishment: four of the five teammates played for the same high school in Charleston six decades ago. Asked how it felt to triumph over a field of...
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"There's Gratitude in My Attitude" February 2016 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Luise Easton, 77, Olmsted Falls, Ohio There’s Gratitude in My Attitude” Luise Easton was no stranger to the triathlon when she got the notion to give it another go in 2008. “I did them years ago, but then I had several foot surgeries. I didn’t do another one for 20 years,” the former high school physical education teacher recalls. After overcoming medical hurdles, and an earlier battl...
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"Buzzing Along" January 2016 Athlete of the Month