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"Christmas Hit Maker Runs Like a Reindeer" December 2016 Athlete of the Month

Elmo Shropshire, 80, Novato, California While visiting the 2016 Florida Senior Games, we found an athlete whose name may not be familiar, but whose voice is instantly recognizable. That’s because Elmo Shropshire is the man who gave the world the smash hit holiday novelty song “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” The 80-year-old runner hails from Lexington, Kentucky but has lived in Novato, Califo...
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The Long Run - November 2016

Association News NSGA Names Health and Wellness Manager Andrew M. Walker has joined NSGA as the first-ever Health and Wellness Manager, underscoring our commitment to advocate healthy, active lifestyles for people 50 and over. He will serve as staff liaison to the NSGA Foundation and Member organizations, manage partnerships with like-minded organizations, and will assist with selecting content fo...
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Tucson Proclaims “National Senior Games Day”

TUCSON, Arizona (November 14, 2016)- The mayor of Tucson proclaimed this day “National Senior Games Day” to help welcome visitors from the National Senior Games Association to the “Old Pueblo City.” Mayor Jonathan Rothschild issued the proclamation to commemorate the visit by an NSGA team to capture interviews with key local organizers of the 1997 National Senior Games (then called the National Se...
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"At Your Service" November 2016 Athlete of the Month

  Carroll Marty, 82, Ames, Iowa Carroll Marty has found the key to happiness and longevity, and it’s the same for all senior athletes: just keep moving. However, the 82-year-old has taken it to a level where it’s hard to keep up with the Iowa native and longtime resident of Ames. It’s not that he’s been a lifelong competitive athlete; that really began 30 years ago when he entered his first all-ag...
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NSGA Names Andrew M. Walker as Health and Wellness Manager

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has named Andrew M. Walker as the organization’s first-ever Health and Wellness Manager, underscoring the commitment by NSGA to advance its core mission to advocate healthy, active lifestyles for people 50 and over. Walker earned a B.S. in health education from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in public health fr...
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Delaware Senior Athlete Receives National Award

Three others given state recognition at Delaware Senior Olympics annual luncheon DOVER, Delaware– The CEO of the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) came to the Delaware Senior Olympics (DSO) annual awards luncheon on November 5 to present its Personal Best Award to 77-year-old Georgia Billger of Rehoboth Beach. NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker was also the keynote speaker at the event, which was held ...
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Dover, Delaware

Personal Best Tour – November 5, 2016, Dover, Delaware NSGA’s visit to the Delaware Senior Olympics annual award luncheon could not have been better timed. DSO just completed its 25 th anniversary games and wanted to do something special for this year’s gathering. So, in addition to presenting a Personal Best Award to 77-year-old Georgia Billger ( read feature here ), CEO Marc T. Riker was invited...
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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul - Georgia Billger, 77, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Georgia Billger has a competitive heart. This is evident by watching the senior athlete’s passion on the pickleball court, and from a history of participating in multiple sports going back to her high school and college days in Pennsylvania. At one point, she was the seventh-ranked tennis player in the mid-Atlantic states and sele...
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The Long Run - October 2016

Association News NSGA Website Upgrade Improvements   As reported in the last newsletter, NSGA.com has undergone a modernization that brings faster speeds and a cleaner appearance. There are still some minor tweaks and loading of archived content to complete over the next few weeks, but all current information pages are now functional and up-to-date in time for the opening of athlete registrat...
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"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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05 December 2015
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CLEARWATER, Florida, December 5, 2015 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the kick-off ceremony for the 2015Florida Senio...
11 November 2015
Athlete of the Month
Rosemary Sexton, 65 Kingsport, Tennessee For Rosemary Sexton, returning home to Kingsport, Tennessee with two swimming medals from the 2015 ...
15 October 2015
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada, October 4, 2015 – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) honored 60-year-old tennis player and cancer survivor...
14 October 2015
Athlete of the Month
Jim Runge, 72, Eldorado, Texas We promote Senior Games as an opportunity to find fitness, fun and fellowship. Jim Runge of Eldorado, Texas h...