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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy
Chuck Milliman, 85, Phil Milliman, 66, Sequim, Washington As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In Washington state, the Milliman family tree has produced a bushel of positive minded and active people, including Chuck and Phil, father and son gold medalists in National Senior Games pole vaulting. Chuck Milliman, a retired minister, did not start running seriously until his ...
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Just What the Doctor Ordered - July 2018 Athlete of the Month

Just What the Doctor Ordered - July 2018 Athlete of the Month
Susan Paulson, 62, Alexandria, Minnesota Cyclist Susan Paulson enjoyed an active youth, biking on gravel roads and ice skating near her northwest Minnesota farm home and discovering her competitive nature by playing recreational volleyball and basketball and running track in school. She was also active in dance line and as a hockey cheerleader. But gradually it became apparent that something wasn’...
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Albuquerque Celebrates 2019 Games with “One Year Out” Event

Albuquerque Celebrates 2019 Games with “One Year Out” Event
On June 13, Albuquerque celebrated it upcoming hosting of the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana with a One Year Out Celebration on their downtown Civic Plaza. Mayor Tim Keller and several speakers shared their pride and excitement, followed by music, dance, sport exhibitions and an intergenerational walk around City Hall and the plaza. More than 800 people came to the plaza during the...
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"High on the Poles…and the Polls" June 2018 Athlete of the Month

"High on the Poles…and the Polls" June 2018 Athlete of the Month
Brad Winter, 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico When Brad Winter was a kid, he and his friends liked to use a broomstick to jump up on walls. “My father got us some bamboo poles, and we would spend hours and hours on weekends with a pole vault run we fixed up with boards and dirt in the back yard,” he recalls. “That’s how it got started.” A decade later, he set a national junior college record and qualif...
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National Senior Games Headquarters Moves to Clearwater, Florida

National Senior Games Headquarters Moves to Clearwater, Florida
Clearwater, FL - In 2017, The National Senior Games proudly celebrated its 30th Anniversary. As the largest multisport event in the world for seniors looks forward to the next 30 years, its national governing body is moving to new headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) originated in St. Louis, Missouri in 1987, and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1997....
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“Driving” Miss Peggy - May 2018 Athlete of the Month

“Driving” Miss Peggy - May 2018 Athlete of the Month
Peggy Birkenbuel, 79, Fairbanks, Alaska When athletes travel to the National Senior Games, they usually fly if the drive is more than a day or two. Not Peggy Birkenbuel, 79, who has driven her car two out of three times to The Games from…wait for it…Fairbanks, Alaska. “It takes me four days to get from Fairbanks to Dillon, Montana, where my boys live,” she explains. “Then I set out to drive, and I...
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"Badminton- Straight from the Source" April 2018 Athlete of the Month

"Badminton- Straight from the Source" April 2018 Athlete of the Month
Kamal Chaudhari, 83, Temple Terrace, Florida The game of badminton has been around for more than two thousand years, but it did not gain worldwide popularity as a competitive sport until 19th century British colonists found “Poona,” as it was called, in the city of Pune (pronounced the same) near Bombay, India. They brought it back to England and the modern sport grew from there. Kamal Chaudhari, ...
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Healing Waters

Healing Waters
Cathy Cornell, 62, Bakersfield, California We all have challenges to face. The many senior athletes we have profiled in this program have encountered a wide range of situations, but they all point to a common truth: you have to find ways to deal with life’s obstacles to successfully pursue your Personal Best. For some, these challenges have been extreme, but no one has arguably faced a tougher roa...
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“Super Hero” Still Practices What She Teaches" March 2018 Athlete of the Month

“Super Hero” Still Practices What She Teaches" March 2018 Athlete of the Month
Darcy McBride, 66, York, Nebraska Darcy McBride has more than 6,000 blessings to count. The Nebraska native retired from a 28-year physical education career in York public schools eight years ago, but until last year she continued to practice her passion – training youngsters how to swim. Last year, when she finally stepped away from the program she initiated in 1984, the town threw a party to hon...
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Albuquerque Wows 2018 NSGA Annual Conference Attendees

Albuquerque Wows 2018 NSGA Annual Conference Attendees
Every year, the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) hosts an Annual Conference for its Member Games, partners, and vendors.  With the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico next year, NSGA held the meetings there in late January to give the host city a chance to put its best foot forward to show what athletes can expect. To use a sports phrase, they k...
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Father and Daughter Keep Each Other “Running for Life” February 2018 Athlete of the Month

Father and Daughter Keep Each Other “Running for Life” February 2018 Athlete of the Month
Rod McGregor, 61, Hudson, Ohio There’s a saying that “children give you a second chance at life.” Rod McGregor agrees, since he was inspired by his daughter to get back on the track again after 30 years. A current resident of Hudson, Ohio, Rod loved running in high school, and chalked up league championships in the 880-yard race in 1974 and 1975. But once he got started on a career and family, he ...
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A Newbie at 95

A Newbie at 95
Mary Kemp, 95, Boca Raton, Florida The National Senior Games Association has a core mission to promote health and wellness to people over 50. We are constantly reminding people to get moving and find ways to stay active, and that Senior Games offer an exciting and rewarding option to go beyond basic exercise. Our motto is “It’s never too late to get into The Games,” and Mary Kemp is living proof t...
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Finding a New Course of Action

Finding a New Course of Action
Mike Stacks, 52, Birchwood, Tennessee When Mike Stacks crossed the finish line with the top overall time for the triathlon-by more than two minutes-at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, it caused a double-take among many longtime competitors. Who was that guy? How was he able to eat up those hills and leave everyone behind in the cycling stage? In fact, at 52, Mike had just become...
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“I’m just another grateful athlete”

“I’m just another grateful athlete”
Carol Klenfner, 72, New York City, New York Carol Klenfner knows it’s only table tennis, but she likes it. With age, everyone has a story to tell, but we suspect only Carol can say she’s been in the world of rock and roll, and now rocks out playing table tennis in the National Senior Games. Sounds glamourous, but it would take a very bumpy patch of midlife challenges to reshape her life in unexpec...
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"Second Chance at a Dream" January 2018 Athlete of the Month

"Second Chance at a Dream" January 2018 Athlete of the Month
Liz Sharp, 70, Monroe, Louisiana Liz Sharp has always believed in giving second chances, and has witnessed it many times as a personal assistant and administrative consultant with pastors in North Louisiana over the past 32 years. She put that belief into action with her own ministry that has operated a rooming house in Monroe since 1998. “We help people get a second chance at life,” she says. “We...
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10 July 2018
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Chuck Milliman, 85, Phil Milliman, 66, Sequim, Washington As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In Washington state,...
10 July 2018
Athlete of the Month
Susan Paulson, 62, Alexandria, Minnesota Cyclist Susan Paulson enjoyed an active youth, biking on gravel roads and ice skating near her nort...
14 June 2018
News and Events
On June 13, Albuquerque celebrated it upcoming hosting of the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana with a One Year Out Celebration...
05 June 2018
Athlete of the Month
Brad Winter, 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico When Brad Winter was a kid, he and his friends liked to use a broomstick to jump up on walls. “My f...