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The Long Run - December 2018

NSGA Address NSGA HQ relocated to Clearwater, Florida in May 2018. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News Thankful Holiday Thoughts from NSGA Santa Claus - the Original Senior Athlete! In 2017, we celebrated reaching a milestone with the 30th anniversary of National Senior Games. This year, we pause to marvel at the successes achieved a...
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Extra Frames - December 2018 Athlete of the Month

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 the most of it.    The 68-year-old retired Teamster started bowling at age of ten and it became his favorite activity. “I did it regularly, except for the times when I was working evening shifts,” he recalls. “None of my buddies could bowl with me in the morn...
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The Long Run - November 2018

NSGA Address NSGA HQ relocated to Clearwater, Florida in May 2018. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News Personal Best Athlete Honored at Massachusetts Council on Aging Conference Last month, NSGA's Personal Best initiative made a splash at the Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA) annual conference held in Falmouth. In addition to mak...
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“Hey, Eight Eyes!!”

It’s time to do some ‘splaining about why I let myself become overweight and sedentary. In a way, I didn’t have the vision to avoid it. The reason I never got into sports is a medical one; the reason why I never got into regular exercise is environmental and experiential. This blog takes a bit to explain why. When I was a toddler, I rode my little metal “car” into a fire hydrant at the curb in fro...
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Too Good Not to Share - November 2018 Athlete of the Month

Betsy Hall is like many people who participate in Senior Games–she loves it so much, she is motivated to tell others to get involved and keeps after them until they do. The Ohio native was a late bloomer who did not participate in sports as a youth, but caught the running bug at age 45 after her overweight husband was told to walk and run for exercise and she went along to provide company. “He did...
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85-Year-Old Massachusetts Senior Athlete Receives Personal Best Award

FALMOUTH, MA – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the recent Massachusetts Council on Aging (NCOA) annual conference to make a workshop presentation highlighted with recognition of 85-year-old Amy Hicks as the first senior athlete from the state to be honored with the its “ Personal Best Award.” Hicks also received a congratulatory citation signed by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt...
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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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The Long Run - October 2018

We've Moved! NSGA HQ relocated to Clearwater, Florida in May 2018. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5630, Clearwater FL 33758-5630 Main Phone: (727) 475-1187 Association News 1968 Olympians and NSGA Ambassadors in the News On the 50th anniversary year of the Olympics held in Mexico City, Olympian alumni of the 1968 US Olympic Team have been very active. We are proud to have Tom Lough, who competed in Mod...
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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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