2017 National Senior Games Earns Coveted Sports Travel Award

Voted by industry as best of its kind for the fourth time in awards history

NSGA is excited to announce that the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, held this past June in Birmingham, Alabama has earned a prestigious 2017 SportsTravel Award in the category of "Amateur - Best Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event.” The results of the voting were revealed at the TEAMS 2017 Conference held recently in Orlando.

Every year, SportsTravel Magazine polls sports industry professionals and the public to select the best sporting events in several categories. National Senior Games have also won the same award for The Games in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

“There’s no better feeling than to be recognized by your peers,” NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker said. “The voting also allowed the public to participate, and we are again grateful to our great senior athletes who also voted to express their satisfaction and pride to be a part of this great and unique event.”

Riker quickly noted that the award and the event’s success required the support of corporate and host community partners, supporters and volunteers, thanking Presenting Sponsor Humana, Greater Birmingham CVB, Mayor William Bell, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, and The Knight Eady company for their contributions.  

“The people of Birmingham can take great pride for the manner in which they helped stage and host this massive event,” Riker added. “We have heard nothing but positive things from our athletes and visitors about the city and its hospitality.

The SportsTravel Awards program bestows honors at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels in three categories each. To be eligible, events had to occur between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Criteria for nomination and voting included:

  • Superior organization of and attendance at the event
  • The event provided a superior experience for competitors and/or spectators
  • The event’s host city or venue served to enhance the event

Here is the complete list of 2017 SportsTravel Award winners:

Sports Event of the Year
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Clemson vs. Alabama), Tampa, Florida

Best Professional Event Series or Circuit
2016 MLB World Series, Chicago, Illinois/Cleveland, Ohio

Best Professional Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 X Games Aspen, Aspen, Colorado

Best Professional Single-Sport Event
2017 Super Bowl LI, Houston, Texas

Best Collegiate Event Series or Circuit
2017 NCAA Women’s College World Series, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Best Collegiate Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Eugene, Oregon

Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event
2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Clemson vs. Alabama), Tampa, Florida

Best Amateur Event Series or Circuit
2017 Major League Dragon Boat Series, Various Cities

Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, Birmingham, Alabama

Best Amateur Single-Sport Event
2017 AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida

Best New Event
2016 USA Masters Games, Greensboro, North Carolina



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