"Senior Strider" October Athlete of the Month

Brenda Matthews, 67, Anaheim Hills, California Trackster Brenda Matthews is at the top of her game. Last year, the four-time National Senior Games competitor scored four gold medals at the 2015 Games in the women’s 65-69 50, 100, and 200 meter races, plus the long jump. She also helped her 4x100 relay team earn a silver medal. She was undefeated in all of her 2015 masters races in the U.S. and won...
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The Long Run - September 2016

Association News All Covered: North Dakota Senior Games Will Return in 2017 NSGA is proud to announce that, after a lapse of ten years, the North Dakota Senior Games will return in 2017 with games in Fargo, August 17-18. Our thanks to theFargo-Moorhead Athletic Commission powered by the FMCVB and the Fargo Park District for their enthusiasm and commitment to produce quality games for seniors....
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Personal Best Tour – September 10, 2016, Milwaukee, Wisconsin   In Photo: Don Hoeppner is congratulated for his Personal Best Award by NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker, along with Wisconsin Senior Olympics President John White (left) and Executive Director Mollie Bartelt.   NSGA visited the swimming competitions for the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics at Shorewood VHE Community Pool to present a Pe...
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85-Year-Old Wisconsin Senior Athlete Receives National Award

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, September 10 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the swimming competitions for the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics at Shorewood Recreation and Community Services VHE Community Pool to present a Personal Best Award to 85-year-old Don Hoeppner, who is described as “a man who never met a sport he didn’t like.” Born in Milwaukee and a graduate of the University ...
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"Hot on The Trail" September 2016 Athlete of the Month

John Younce, 68, South Shore, Kentucky Just about anyone who golfs has a bucket list of courses they hope to visit while they chase the little white ball and ponder life. There are dozens of individual dream courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and TPC Sawgrass, but one name on many lists represents a collection of 26 championship courses at 11 locations that span the state of Alabama – The Rob...
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The Long Run - August 2016

Association News Senior Games Video Awards Continue Earlier this year, we shared news that Humana had won a gold medal for a video highlighting National Senior Games athletes in the large company category at the 2016 Boston College Corporate Citizenship Film Festival (BCCC).   Now, Fireside Production, the company that produces videos for both Humana and NSGA, has earned additional accolades ...
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"Medals of Honor" August 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jean Davies, 71, Los Lunas, New Mexico The beaming lady you see here is 71-year-old track and cycling athlete Jean Davies of Los Lunas, New Mexico. She is not just smiling to celebrate winning gold medals in five events at last month’s New Mexico Senior Olympics, where she caught our eye. Jean is also happy that she is sharing some of her medals with the families of fallen American service heroes ...
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The Long Run - July 2016

Association News 2019 Games Will Be in...Albuquerque!  We are excited to officially announce that The 2019 National Senior Games will head Southwest to be hosted in Albuquerque, New Mexico!   CEO Marc T. Riker and several NSGA staffers attended the press conference on July 12, held on the plaza outside of the Albuquerque Convention Center. Mayor Richard J. Berry and members of the host b...
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Albuquerque Named Host City for 2019 National Senior Games

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (July 12, 2016) – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has selected Albuquerque as the Host City for the 2019 National Senior Games. Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the news at a press conference held on the plaza in front of the Albuquerque Convention Center, which will serve as the hub of activity for the massive event coming to The Land of Enchantment. “Sports tourism i...
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"Museum Quality" July 2016 Athlete of the Month

Fred Winter, 101, Holland Michigan Many recall the epic battle of centenarians in Minnesota last summer at the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana. The matches between Fred Winter and John Zilverberg in men’s 100-104 discus, javelin and shot put were hotly contested and caught the attention of many media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and NBC’s TODAY Show . ESPN also selected a v...
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"Like Father, Like Daughter" June 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jane Katz, 73 New York City, New York Dr. Jane Katz has made a lot of waves in her field. She earned her doctorate degree in gerontology and geriatrics from Columbia University and is nationally recognized as an educator, aquatics innovator and author of 14 books on swimming, fitness, and water exercise. She has taught water fitness to thousands at the City University of New York since 1964, and a...
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Franklin, Tennessee

Personal Best Tour - June 27, 2016, Franklin, Tennessee   In Photo: NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker (right) with Personal Best athlete Eleanor Pendergraft (holding certificate) along with (l to r) Tennessee Senior Olympics Board Chair Lisa Wright, Executive Director Christine Dewbre and triathlete Barbara Bogart, who first encouraged her to get into the games. “Y’all are the huggingest bunch I’ve ever...
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Tennessee Senior Athlete Receives National Award

FRANKLIN, Tennessee, June 27, 2016 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the 36th Tennessee Senior Olympics State Finals to present a Personal Best Award to 80-year-old Eleanor Pendergraft of Johnson City at the annual athlete dinner attended by more than 400. Since 2013, NSGA's Personal Best program has profiled athletes with wide-ranging stories that will inspire and motivate pe...
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The Long Run - June 2016

Association News Rocky Mountain Personal Best The 2016 Personal Best initiative took to the road with a presentation to 60-year-old Colorado athlete Tom McAdam at the kickoff event for the Rocky Mountain Senior Games (RMSG) held in Greeley on June 10.    As you will read in Tom McAdam's Personal Best profile linked here, Tom earned gold and silverswimming medals at the 2015 National...
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Colorado Senior Athlete Tom McAdam Receives National Award

GREELEY, Colorado, June 10, 2016 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the Celebration of Athletes kick-off event for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Senior Games and recognized 60-year-old athlete Tom McAdam of Greenwood Village with a Personal Best Award. NSGA has been presenting the awards to a handful senior athletes each year who epitomize the positive qualities of fitness, persevera...
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04 October 2015
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Shuttling Around The World - Debbie Lorenzo, 64, Las Vegas, Nevada It's only fitting that Debbie Lorenzo found herself settling into Las Veg...
04 October 2015
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Against All Odds - Brenda Talley, 60, Las Vegas, Nevada What happens when life suddenly deals you one bad hand after another? Do you fold, o...
04 October 2015
Personal Best Tour Blogs
For the first time, NSGA presented two Personal Best athlete awards in one state visit. The "Las Vegas Double Down" happened because we firs...
17 September 2015
Athlete of the Month
Charlie Edwards, 96, Springfield, Virginia It's not everyone who can pick up a sport at the age of 92, overcome a last place finish at his f...