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Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons

Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons - Della Works, 80, Casper, Wyoming At each phase of her life, Della Works hasn't begun to imagine what the next turn would bring. As a farm girl in Wisconsin, she never saw a mountain while growing up, yet she would find herself avidly hiking and climbing them after she married a man who loved the outdoors. You wouldn't have convinced her at age 48 that she woul...
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"Fleet Fox" March 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Vicki Fox, 56, Huntington, New York Fleet Fox People not familiar with the Senior Games Movement often assume that all of the athletes have been active in sports for their entire lives, or at least were once elite athletes who returned to compete as seniors. While this is true for many who participate, especially for those who qualify for the National Senior Games, the truth is that a...
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"'Team Conaway' Supports a Victor" February 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Victor Conaway, 75, Escondido, California "Team Conaway" Supports a Victor Victor Conaway is a retired mechanic and continuing education teacher who once owned his own motorcycle shop. Known among endurance racers, his favorite challenge was the grueling Baja 500 desert run in Mexico. He admits to not always taking the best care of himself, but when he needed heart surgery a dozen yea...
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"Without a Wagon" January 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Inez Ross, 84, Los Alamos, New Mexico Without a Wagon Inez Ross of Los Alamos, New Mexico is a self-described "wild and crazy 84 year old retired teacher, writer, jogger, star gazer, tap dancer, and ukulele player" who enjoys traveling to state and National Senior Games with fellow runner Carolyn Robinson of Santa Fe. She trains for the 5K by jogging up and down the steep streets of L...
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"Setting His Own Pace" December 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Harry Carothers, 71, Pinellas Park, Florida Setting His Own Pace Recently, the syndicated Daytime TV morning show, which is based with WFLA in Tampa, Florida and airs in 102 cities, featured a basketball shooting display by 71 year old Harry Carothers from nearby Pinellas Park. The spry marksman did not fail to impress the show hosts and audience, and the interview and demonstration e...
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"No More Regrets" November 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Susan Adams Loyd, 56, Edina, Minnesota No More Regrets When Susan Adams Loyd competes in senior track events, she proudly sprints in an official University of Minnesota women's track team uniform complete with her name on the back. She jokingly tells people "I've got four years of eligibility left - I redshirted for 38 years!" Fact is, the uniform represents a bond that developed when...
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"Isabelle's Relay" October 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Isabelle Daniels Holston, 77, Decatur, Georgia Isabelle's Relay One of our National Senior Games athletes is best known as a member of an Olympic track relay team that won a Bronze Medal. Taken at full perspective, 77 year old Isabelle Daniels Holston's entire life can be viewed as one big relay fueled by an Olympic spirit. First Leg: Isabelle Daniels grew up in rural Georgia during s...
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"Return of the Gladiator" September 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: Lorraine Lewis, 55, San Tan Valley, Arizona Return of the Gladiator People tell 55 year old Lorraine Lewis she should write a book about her life. After all, it's not everyone who has been an American Gladiators champion. She's started the book, but is too busy living life to finish it. Her latest chapter is this year's triumphant return to athletic competition by qualifying in tria...
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Serving Others

Irma DeMarzo, 76, Jackson, New Jersey Irma DeMarzo is the kind of person that embraces everything that she does, and especially when it comes to tennis. In her native Brooklyn, Irma displayed an innate competitiveness and physical aptitude in a variety of sports and was recognized as the top girl athlete in her high school. However, tennis was not available for her until after she married and...
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Woodbridge, New Jersey

Fun, fellowship and fitness were found in abundance during our visit to Woodbridge, home of the New Jersey Senior Olympics. Everyone we met, from our Personal Best recipient Irma DeMarzo to the volunteers that greeted us everywhere, were "all in" and excited about the games. DeMarzo, who has been the tennis coordinator for the state games for 15 years, was recognized for being a longtime fitness r...
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"You Gotta Have Heart(s)" August 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: James "JJ" Jones, 68, Kansas City, Kansas You Gotta Have Heart(s) Listening to JJ Jones tell his story, it's hard not to start humming "You Gotta Have Heart" from the popular musical Damn Yankees. That's because he continues to swing a bat after not one but two heart transplants. The Kansas native spent much of his childhood in California, where he fell in love with baseball and pla...
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

When 94 year old senior athlete Larry Johnson of Albuquerque received his NSGA Personal Best Award recognizing him as an inspiration and role model for active, healthy aging, he decided to demonstrate his vitality by standing on his head in front of 1,200 delighted attendees to the opening session for the 36th annual New Mexico Conference on Aging held at the Isleta Resort and Conference Center in...
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"Sister Act" July 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: Janet McDonough, 56, Cranberry Township, PA and Patty Sweetall, 54, Louisville, KY Sister Act It was like old times when sisters Janet McDonough (right in photo) and Patty Sweetall gave dominating swimming performances in Cleveland at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Janet, of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, earned four gold medals while breaking national r...
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Columbia, Missouri

It was Show Me time as we joined the kickoff banquet for the 20th annual Missouri State Senior Games in Columbia. Jane Kaiser was the perfect selection to represent the Show Me State Personal Best because she is someone who walks the walk. Jane is still active as a clinical nurse and speaker, and has won many medals and ribbons in local, state and national senior competitions. But NSGA CEO Marc T....
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"You Are What You Eat" June 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Michele Brown, 55, Lamar, Arkansas You Are What You Eat As a physical education teacher, 55 year old Michele Brown loves to be a role model for fitness. "Everyone who knows me says I am one of the most active and competitive people they know," says the lifelong resident of Lamar, Arkansas. "When I found out about Senior Games, I couldn’t wait until I reached the age to enter so I coul...
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01 April 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Julia Hawkins, 101, Baton Rouge, Louisiana As we often say, it’s never too late to get into The Games. It’s also never too...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Lee Stadem, 89, Sioux Falls, South Dakota You might say Leroy “Lee” Stadem has a reverence for sports and fitness. He believes that keepin...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Hazel Hassen Bey, 93, Montclair, New Jersey In sports, sometimes the story is about amazing feats of skill and glory. Other times, it is ab...
16 March 2017
News and Events
National Senior Games CEO Marc Riker visited Birmingham this week to prepare for the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana! He team...