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For the Love of the Game

For the Love of the Game
Ethel Lehmann, 84, Largo, Florida Baseball was love at first sight from the time Ethel Lehmann was a little girl in New York sitting on her father's shoulders, watching and cheering along as the hometown hero hit a home run. As a teen that memory resonated when she set softball records and was named team MVP as her proud father and uncles cheered her on. But times were different and her mother mad...
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Soaring Inspiration

Soaring Inspiration
D r. Granville Coggs, 88, Sa n Antonio, Texas “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – From Invictus by William Ernest Henry When he thinks back over an eventful life, Dr. Granville Coggs is both astonished and gratified at the path he has taken and the things he has accomplished.  Growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in a time when society told him what he couldn’t do and h...
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By the Numbers

By the Numbers
By the Numbers - Jane Kaiser, 65, St. Louis, Missouri Jan e Kaiser may not be the most gifted senior athlete, but she just might be the healthiest. It seems fitting that a native of St. Louis would be the poster child for our motto to "Be Your Personal Best." After all, the Gateway City is the birthplace of the National Senior Games. And Jane, who was selected to carry the 2002 Salt Lake City Wint...
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Targeting the Heart

Targeting the Heart
Targeting the Heart - Little Big Eagle, 58, Midland, North Carolina There he stood on the awards podium in Cleveland, proudly celebrating his Gold  M edal in archery won at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. His name was announced - Little Big Eagle - and it seemed to convey to every observer that this was a Native American archer who probably had years of experience and know...
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Full Cycle

Full Cycle
Full Cycle - Larry Johnson, 94, Albuquerque, New Mexico When he turned 90, Larry Johnson's grandson challenged him to ride his bike 90 miles to celebrate. Not only did he accept the challenge, he  made it an even 100 miles and staged the ride on a spin cycle at his gym in Albuquerque. Now 94, the gregarious National Senior Games  medalist has duplicated the feat annually, and has inspire...
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Going Great Lengths

Going Great Lengths
Going Great Lengths - Vivian Stancil, 67, Riverside, California Photo (below) By: Cathy Wilson If you had told a young Vivian Stancil she would one day be swimming and competing in Senior Games, she would have laughed out loud at the notion. She was always deathly afraid of water, and could have easily quit with the first panic attack that gripped her when she finally did ease into a pool to learn...
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Forever 21

Forever 21
Forever 21 - Karen Newman, 52, New Greenwich, Connecticut It would be easy to survey the athletic accomplishments of seven time All- American triathlete Karen Newman and assume her road has been a relatively easy one. Of course, a natural runner with an intensely competitive attitude would be able to return to form after taking a break to marry and have three kids. Nothing that extraordinary about...
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"Balls and Strikes" March 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Balls and Strikes" March 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: March 2014 Athlete of the Month  Balls and Strikes Bowlers at the National Senior Games in Cleveland last year may have admired one athlete with a different approach. Samuel "Doc" Morton, 76, of Newport News, Virginia, took on all comers from a wheelchair. However, none would have guessed what a gifted athlete and true hero was in their midst. Sam always excelled at every sport...
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"Winning by Losing" February 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Winning by Losing" February 2014 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: February 2014 Athlete of the Month Winning by Losing For the first half of her life, 53 year old Dianna Laverdiere of Charlotte, Michigan enjoyed good health and an active lifestyle. Then, her career job kept her at a desk. Marriage and raising three children provided some activity, and she made efforts to exercise and enjoy some bike riding. But as time went on her situation gradua...
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"Really Cool Runnings" January 2014 Athlete of the Month

"Really Cool Runnings" January 2014 Athlete of the Month
  HUMANA Heroes: January 2014 Athlete of the Month Really Cool Runnings In the Caribbean the expression "cool runnings" means "peace be the journey." For Trinidad born and raised runner and cyclist Harris Richardson, the saying took on a literal meaning because 28 of his 69 years have been spent working and living in less-than-balmy Alaska. As a young tradesman Harris landed a job helping bui...
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"Illinois Athlete Has the 'Chi' of the Tiger" December 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Illinois Athlete Has the 'Chi' of the Tiger" December 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: December 2013 Athlete of the Month Illinois Athlete Has the “Chi” of the Tiger Dorothy Sinson of Chicago has embraced challenges for her entire life. "When I went to Oak Park High School in the 1940's the prevailing belief was that the pressures and athleticism of competing would interfere with a girl’s reproductive capacities. Well, I went out for sports anyway and somehow managed ...
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"Heartfelt Thanks" November 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Heartfelt Thanks" November 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: November 2013 Athlete of the Month Heartfelt Thanks On June 22nd, 2007, John Bates was having the time of his life, sharing a tennis court with his doubles partner and wife Janice Sullivan. They had traveled to Louisville, Kentucky from their home in east Tennessee to compete in the 2007 National Senior Games. In one moment, he was practicing for competition starting the next day an...
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Family Extended

Family Extended
Fran Allison, 80, Kinston, NC & Jackie Allison, 56, Youngsville, NC Fran Allison's motor never stops, and the energy has rubbed off on her family and everyone else around her. She played what high school sports were available for females in the early '50s and her husband taught her to play tennis and golf, but raising four children put those activities on hold. Fran lived sports through her ki...
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Greenville, North Carolina

Talk about a "family affair!" Bonds of affection and dedication could be felt throughout our visit to Greenville, and it went well beyond our Personal Best award presentation to 80 year old Fran Allison and her 56 year old daughter Jackie, made during a break in competition at the 20th annual North Carolina Senior Games Basketball Championships held at East Carolina University's Student Recreation...
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"Man of 1,000 Races" October 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Man of 1,000 Races" October 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: October 2013 Athlete of the Month Man of 1,000 Races Experienced runners will tell you that it’s good to have a goal. But few goals are as remarkable as Don McMahill’s-that of competing in 1,000 races. The 77 year old retired YMCA director reached that ambitious milestone in the 5K race walk at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana in July. The occasion provided an oppo...
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14 May 2014
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: May 2014 Athlete of the Month School is Never Out on Fitness When D. Paul Miller talks about the importance of exercise and s...
17 April 2014
Athlete of the Month
Humana Hero: Dave Kirgan, 62, Bowling Green, Kentucky As a race walker, 62 year old Dave Kirgan of Bowling Green, Kentucky knows the importa...
11 April 2014
Personal Best Tour Blogs
The 2014 Personal Best Tour kicked off with a reception at The NSGA Annual Conference where 80 year old tennis player Ruby Rott (pronounced ...
11 April 2014
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Ruby Rott, 80, Saint Paul, Minnesota When we first invited Ruby Rott to be a Personal Best athlete, she didn't feel she was worthy of t...