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“If you don’t move it, you will rust”

Amy Hicks, 85, Needham, Massachusetts All athletes have aches and injuries that inevitably come with athletic competition, and that is especially true for senior athletes over an extended time. Some, like Amy Hicks, have also had to overcome medical challenges that often bring careers to an end, but she has learned to persevere and even excel while living with severe arthritis for decades. The nat...
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Setback (Literally)

TWEAK! Uh Oh… I knew the road might not be straight in this endeavor. Out of the blue, without any clear cause, a sharp back pain manifested in the middle of my spine. I could sit and stand without much discomfort, but when laying down the spasms would come with one wrong move. Tweak! Then, getting up after a sleep brought sharper spasms and stiffness. Tweak! TWEAK! Ugh. The irony of having to sle...
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Heart to Heart - October 2018 Athlete of the Month

David Kucherawy, 66, Washington, Pennsylvania All dog owners enjoy a bond with their pets, but David Kucherawy has a special connection with his cocker spaniel Raleigh. In fact, he jokes that in a sense they saved each other’s lives. David has been competing in sprint track events and collecting medals in masters and Senior Games events since 2009, including a bronze and a silver at the 2017 Natio...
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The Long Run - September 2018

We've Moved! NSGA HQ has relocated to Clearwater, Florida. Please make note of our new contact information. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News Cutting the Ribbon The boxes are unpacked, desks and phones are in, and the walls are decorated with National Senior Games history. Time to celebrate our new headquarters! Three months after ...
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Seventh Decade Stretch - September 2018 Athlete of the Month

Bonnie Strang,75, Millsboro Delaware Softball has the second-highest athlete participation of all sports in the National Senior Games. Since Bonnie Strang first entered Delaware Senior Olympics in 2007, she has become known as a talented and fierce competitor among Senior Games softball players. While Bonnie also enjoys playing badminton and pickleball in recent years, she got hooked on “America’s...
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Racing Thoughts

There’s a long road ahead, but the 1500-meter Power Walk event at the Washington State Senior Games in July represented a major milestone for me as the first athletic competition I’ve been in since my early teens. That first gold medal will always be my favorite. In fact, I might even have it bronzed! (Old joke.) In the week leading up to the event, my mind was racing already wondering how my non-...
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The Old College Try - August 2018 Athlete of the Month

Ken Mink, 83, Maryville, Tennessee An often-heard joke among senior athletes after a good performance is, “Too bad you don’t have any college eligibility left.” Of course, no one takes it seriously, right? Basketballer Ken Mink did, setting a most unique sports record in the process. Ten years ago, at the age of 73, the longtime Senior Games participant stepped on the court with his Roane State Ra...
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The Long Run - August 2018

We've Moved! NSGA HQ has relocated to Clearwater, Florida. Please make note of our new contact information. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News Personal Best Heads Northwest for Two Presentations NSGA took the Personal Best initiative to the road with visits to Washington and Idaho over the past month, generating surprises, high emot...
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Idaho Visit was No Small Potatoes!

Nearly 300 athletes and friends gathered for the 2018 Idaho Senior Games (ISG) kickoff BBQ held on August 2 nd at scenic Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise. They got more meat than just tasty chicken and pulled pork with an NSGA Personal Best presentation recognizing 78-year-old Boise athlete Dick Johnson, who inspires others to pursue active lifestyles with his “never say quit” outlook. (Read his...
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Where to Start?

By: Del Moon Where to start? I should have started blogging when I joined the National Senior Games staff in 2013 as communications and media director. But some baggage came with me that had to be sorted out, and more details will be shared in future entries. But it’s now comfortable to share personal thoughts about helping to raise awareness about the Senior Games Movement…and how my own life rel...
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“Pickleball Saved My Life”

Dick Johnson, 78, Boise, Idaho When pickleball players see Dick Johnson ’ s name on their match bracket, they know they are in for a challenge. That ’ s because Dick ’ s resume includes twice medaling in all seven recognized national and world championships in one year and racking up close to 200 medals -mostly gold- in these majors and 90 sanctioned tournaments across the country.  These include ...
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Olympic Surprise in Olympia, Washington!

Father and son senior pole vaulters Chuck and Phil Milliman knew they were being honored with two awards, including NSGA Personal Best recognition, at the opening social event on July 20, 2018 for the 22 nd edition of the Washington State Senior Games (WSSG).  However, the gregarious duo, who have been in The Games since 2003 and finally both won gold medals in national competition last year in th...
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The Long Run - July 2018

We've Moved! NSGA HQ has relocated to Clearwater, Florida. Please make note of our new contact information. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News Albuquerque Hosts "One Year Out" Celebration On June 13, Albuquerque celebrated its upcoming hosting of the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana with a One Year Out Celebration on t...
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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

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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14 October 2018
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Amy Hicks, 85, Needham, Massachusetts All athletes have aches and injuries that inevitably come with athletic competition, and that is espec...
08 October 2018
Athlete of the Month
David Kucherawy, 66, Washington, Pennsylvania All dog owners enjoy a bond with their pets, but David Kucherawy has a special connection with...
13 September 2018
Athlete of the Month
Bonnie Strang,75, Millsboro Delaware Softball has the second-highest athlete participation of all sports in the National Senior Games. Since...
16 August 2018
Athlete of the Month
Ken Mink, 83, Maryville, Tennessee An often-heard joke among senior athletes after a good performance is, “Too bad you don’t have any colleg...