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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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"Service With a Smile" October 2017 Athlete of the Month

John White, 66, Milwaukee, Wisconsin John White takes his sports seriously, make no mistake about it. But we’ve noticed that even in the heat of a triathlon, he’s always the one who waves and manages to beam a smile as he makes his way by spectators. The more you learn about the lifelong Milwaukee resident, the more you appreciate that he wants nothing more than for others to join him in an active...
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"Daughter Inspires Mom to Get Back in the Saddle" September 2017 Athlete of the Month

Candace Kennedy-Hess, 63, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania Six years ago, Candace Kennedy-Hess thought her cycling days were long over. The challenges of a single mom raising kids, earning a master’s degree at NYU, and pursuing a successful sales and marketing career had relegated her custom bike to be a garage wall hanger for 16 years. “I grew up on the Jersey Shore and rode bikes a lot,” she recalls....
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"On Top of The World" August 2017 Athlete of the Month

Curt Davison, 92, Kirkwood, Missouri Curt Davison is not known to throw his weight around, other than on the field of play at Senior Games. But when he does, he really lets it fly, and it has landed him in the record books. After 35 years in Senior Games, he now holds a world record. The 92-year-old from Kirkwood, Missouri participates in multiple running and field events, and at the 2017 National...
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"Out with the Old, In with the Newsom" July 2017 Athlete of the Month

Wanda Newsom, 77, Taylor, Texas Birthdays seem to bring extra luck for Wanda Newsom. She won her first archery gold medal at the 2005 National Senior Games on her 65th birthday, and by happy coincidence, she earned another gold as the Texan celebrated her 77th birthday at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana in Birmingham. “It was also my 7th National games, and I won my 7th Senior G...
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"Plus Factor" May 2017 Athlete of the Month

Dick Lane, 87, Livonia, Michigan  An exciting new development for the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana is the addition of the 85+ age division for men’s basketball. This five-year shift upwards means that there will be now an 80-84 age group of teams under this new age threshold. One of the main forces helping to make this happen is 87-year-old hoopster Dick Lane of Livonia, Michigan...
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"Triple-Digit Comeback" April 2017 Athlete of the Month

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 late to set and pursue goals. This year, NSGA’s poster child for these axioms is 101-year-old Julia Hawkins, who decided to try competitive running at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana after she crossed the century mark last year. The retired teacher is runnin...
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"Motivated by a Memory" March 2017 Athlete of the Month

Whitman “Pete” Cross, 85, Charlottesville, Virginia During this 30 th  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 had watched the first [Nati...
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"Bringing the Heat" February 2017 Athlete of the Month

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 wanted to fo...
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"Banner Year, Bright Future" January 2017 Athlete of the Month

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 Games presente...
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"Christmas Hit Maker Runs Like a Reindeer" December 2016 Athlete of the Month

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 has lived in Novato, Califo...
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"At Your Service" November 2016 Athlete of the Month

  Carroll Marty, 82, Ames, Iowa 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 30 years ago when he entered his first all-ag...
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"Senior Strider" October Athlete of the Month

Brenda Matthews, 67, Anaheim Hills, California 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 masters races in the U.S. and won...
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"Hot on The Trail" September 2016 Athlete of the Month

John Younce, 68, South Shore, Kentucky 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 the state of Alabama – The Rob...
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"Medals of Honor" August 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jean Davies, 71, Los Lunas, New Mexico 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 fallen American service heroes ...
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"Museum Quality" July 2016 Athlete of the Month

Fred Winter, 101, Holland Michigan 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 TODAY Show . ESPN also selected a v...
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08 January 2019
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Don Wright, 78, Stillwater, Minnesota Don Wright is literally running for his life. The Minnesota native enjoyed many successful years as an...
08 January 2019
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Heide Moebius, 80, Lancaster, Pennsylvania What does your average person think about doing when they turn 80? Heide Moebius is definitely no...
12 December 2018
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Joe Dorough, 68, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri   Joe Dorough knows what it feels like to get a second and third chance in life, and he’s making...
11 November 2018
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Betsy Hall is like many people who participate in Senior Games–she loves it so much, she is motivated to tell others to get involved and kee...