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"A True Team Player" April 2013 Athlete of the Month

"A True Team Player" April 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Helen White, 59, Arlington, Virginia A True Team Player Spectators at the recent NCAA Division 1 women's basketball regional semi-finals at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia were treated to a special halftime show at games featuring Notre Dame vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Nebraska. You might say it was "one for the ages" as members of the NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball As...
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San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas
We didn’t expect a chilly morning in San Antonio, but the Personal Best Tour was given a warm reception at the opening ceremony for the Texas State Senior Games. More than 325 energetic seniors converged on O.P. Schnabel Park to celebrate the beginning of the annual games and to take to the park trails for a fitness walk after the ceremony. The majority of attendees came from and active adult comm...
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I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This

I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This
  I'm Stunned I Can Actually Do This - DeEtte Sauer, 71, Houston, Texas As she will readily admit, at one time DeEtte Sauer was a mess. The supermom and super-motivated businesswoman had let herself go with decades of inactivity and she became morbidly obese. Her doctors said she was certain to have a heart event within five years. With one decision and the resolution to change, DeEtte transf...
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"I Perspire to Inspire"

"I Perspire to Inspire"
"I perspire to inspire" - Mike Fanelli, 56, San Anselmo, California What can you say about a guy who has logged over 100,000 miles of running by age 56; completed 100 miles in 16 hours 40 minutes; run a marathon in 2 hours 25 minutes; run a mile in 4 minutes 16 seconds, - and 4 minutes 56 seconds at age 50; won and placed highly in numerous marathons, and served as Head Coach of the USA ...
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Making Up For Lost Time...Fast

Making Up For Lost Time...Fast
Making Up For Lost Time...Fast - Oscar Peyton, 60, Accokeek, Maryland Oscar Peyton always knew he had natural athletic ability and could run fast, but he didn't discover how fast he really was until his fifth decade of life. Taking up formal track competition at the age of 49, the man people say deserves the title "SpeeDemon" has sprinted to capture a slew of medals - mostly gold - in Senior Games...
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Pencil Me In

Pencil Me In
Pencil Me In - Mary Lauffer, 95, Annapolis, Maryland You would think a golfer would talk first about getting two hole-in-ones in a lifetime. But Mary Lauffer likes to talk about her pencil collection. You see, her hobby has been to collect one of those skinny scoring pencils at each course she’s ever played.  She has over 400 of them from decades of walking and whacking balls. She loves playi...
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"I'm Better"

"I'm Better"
"I'm Better" -Howard Hall, 92, Frankfort, Kentucky You have to watch out for Howard Hall, he’ll sneak up on you.  The retired Army veterinarian rediscovered his love of sports when he retired, and before long ole Howard was racking up the medals in local, state and national senior games.  He’s collected at least 600 to date, but he lost count. Besides, for Howard, it’s the ongoing athlet...
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Psyched!

Psyched!
Psyched! - Bob O'Connor, 67, River Forest, Illinois Bob O'Connor was always a good runner and made the most of it. He earned a track scholarship to Loyola- Chicago and set some school records. He journeyed to Mexico City for the 1968 Olympic Games and was inspired by Bob Beamon's superhuman long jump.  One year later he was part of a University of Chicago Track Club relay team that set an ind...
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If You Build It, They Will Come

If You Build It, They Will Come
Se nior softballer proves “If you build it, they will come” - Bill Altman, 82, San Antonio, Texas When Bill Altman retired from his Air Force career, he was itching for something to do to keep moving. He had played baseball in high school, fast pitch softball at the University of Michigan and had even spent a year on the Air Force all star softball team.  But after flying missions over Vietna...
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The Art (and Science) of a Successful Life

The Art (and Science) of a Successful Life
The Art (and Science) of a Successful Life - Leurene Hildenbrand, 81, Hartville, Ohio This is the story of an Ohio farm girl who dreamed of being a research scientist and persisted until she reached her goal. Leurene Hildenbrand overcame the prevailing bias of her time against women pursuing science careers and became the first female to manage a laboratory in her company. But that's just the begi...
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Tending His Garden

Tending His Garden
Tending His Garden - John Tatum, 94, Washington DC When John Tatum received our call to interview, he was doing what he likes best - working in his yard. He had just finished cutting nearly an acre of grass with a push mower and talked about being behind with his gardening. Between keeping up his home and a country retreat, earned from a  3 4 year career working up from laborer to software pr...
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No Retreat No Surrender

No Retreat No Surrender
No Retreat No Surrender - Mark Ballenger, 59, Cleveland, Ohio M a r k Ballenger enjoyed an active life as an elite skater and cyclist. He was such a fierce competitor that he was called "Mark the Shark." All that changed when he suffered a massive stroke at 43. He could have easily given up, but Mark fought back and found he  still could be an athlete, competing in both able bodied and disabl...
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Beating the Odds

Beating the Odds
Beating the Odds - Kay Glynn, 60, Hastings, Iowa Kay Glynn loves to move – acrobatics, dancing, sports, you name it. She still can’t resist doing handstands to warm up before track and field events, which she took back up at the age of 48. Her senior games career has seen much success, including six gold medals and a new pole vaulting world record for her age in Houston at the 2011 National S...
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"Senior Games are Keeping Me Alive" March 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Senior Games are Keeping Me Alive" March 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Hazel Trexler-Campbell, 90, Salisbury, North Carolina "Senior Games are Keeping Me Alive" Sports have always been a saving grace for Hazel Trexler-Campbell of Salisbury, NC. "If I hadn't played basketball in high school I would have flunked out. It kept me interested and active and helped me stay involved until I graduated. I still wear my class ring today." The 90 year old will ...
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"Persistance, Thy Name is Rick Muth" February 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Persistance, Thy Name is Rick Muth" February 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Rick Muth, 63, Orange County, California Persistance, Thy Name is Rick Muth Rick Muth of Orange County, California is a runner. Boy, is he a runner. Muth, 63, missed the California Senior Games but was determined to qualify for the National Senior Games. He had business in Charlotte, NC so he figured he would take a tree hopper to Charleston, WV where the West Virginia games were taki...
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09 May 2013
Personal Best Tour Blogs
The historic Howard Theater was the setting for the Opening Ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the DC Senior Games. More than 250 athletes...
07 May 2013
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Jackie Stephens, 76, Fairfax Station, Virginia When Jackie Stephens was young she lived with her grandfather who was the Baptist minister fo...
10 April 2013
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Helen White, 59, Arlington, Virginia A True Team Player Spectators at the recent NCAA Division 1 women's basketball regional se...
08 April 2013
Personal Best Tour Blogs
We didn’t expect a chilly morning in San Antonio, but the Personal Best Tour was given a warm reception at the opening ceremony for the Texa...