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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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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The Long Run - June 2018

Association News We've Moved! NSGA has relocated its headquarters office to Clearwater, Florida! The move is the result of years of discussion and research. Last year, a process narrowed down our best options, and the City of Clearwater near Tampa Bay has welcomed us with open arms. For more details, read our recent news release.   Please make note of our new contact information: Mailing address: ...
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The Long Run - May 2018

Association News New Business Manager Joins NSGA NSGA is pleased to welcome Gary Gryncewicz as our new full-time Business Manager. Gryncewicz brings more than 30 years of financial management experience with privately held companies, performing in key leadership roles for the past two decades. "We selected Gary because he has demonstrated capabilities as an organizer, strategic planner, decision-m...
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"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

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

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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The Long Run - April 2018

Association News Media Stories Promote The Games In recent years, NSGA has made a year-round effort to promote the Senior Games Movement to traditional and online media outlets. In the past, we always enjoyed media attention around the National Senior Games, but coverage was slim during the "off year" when a lot of the action centered around the qualifying games being held all over the country. Wh...
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The Long Run - March 2018

Association News NSGA Visits City Hall On March 13, NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker, right, presented Mayor Tim Keller with an official plaque recognizing Albuquerque as host city for the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana. "We are excited that Albuquerque will be the destination for more than 10,000 senior athletes, their families and friends," said Mayor Keller. "Our city can't wait to cheer ...
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"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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Joe Dorough, 68, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri   Joe Dorough knows what it feels like to get a second and third chance in life, and he’s making...
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