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"Medal Worthy - In More Than One Way" May 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Jane Soeten, 88, Wasilla, Alaska Medal Worthy - In More Than One Way Jane Soeten has earned many medals as a senior athlete, including one gold and two bronze in field events at the 2013 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Last year, however, she picked up a special medal from a very different field of play when she traveled from Wasilla, Alaska to Washington, DC to receive a C...
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Walk Like a Mississipian

Walk Like a Mississipian - Donna Gonzales, 72, Terry, Mississippi Race walking is an often unappreciated sport. The casual observer might consider its movements quirky, but anyone who has tried it or watched closely will attest to the skill and focus it demands of athletes. Precise technique and endurance, requiring extensive mental and physical preparation, is required to properly compete. Race w...
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Biloxi, Mississippi

When we first called longtime volunteer and organizer Lucy Bickham to ask if NSGA could participate in the Celebration of Athletes for the Mississippi Senior Olympics (MSO), she warned us that there might not be more than 50 or 60 people coming. After all, the Mississippi Senior Olympics was merging with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Senior Games for the first time. Would people come down from the no...
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The Long Run - April 2015

Game On! 2015 Medal Design Revealed For those who are dreaming of the medal stand in Minnesota, here is the design for our 2015 medals. Register, train hard and smart, and you might find one around your neck. But it's also important to remember that the health and vitality you derive from your fitness and competition is the ultimate reward. Give it your best! Reminder: 2015 Games Registration ...
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Rallying Through Life's Kill Shots

  Photos by: Matt Oleszczak Rallying Through Life's Kill Shots - Sharon Huczek, 67, Rochester, Michigan If you are looking for a model of perseverance and persistence, you need not look farther than Sharon Huczek. The same would be true if you are looking for a model of an inspirational person who makes a difference in other people's lives. As you will find from our conversation belo...
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"Carving the Lanes - and Birds" April 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: Jim Barksdale, 80 and Jan Weisel, 55 - Steeleville, Missouri Carving the Lanes - and Birds Some people take up sports as a hobby. Jim Barksdale of Steeleville, Missouri certainly has fun bowling, but considers his five decades of rolling the rock as a bit more than a hobby. Along the way he has collected a 25 year American Bowling Congress tournament plaque, multiple Missouri Senior...
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The Long Run - March 2015

Association News 2015 Personal Best Initiative Rolls Out   The Personal Best health and wellness initiative enters into its third year with the introduction of new athlete profiles this month. The stories of inspiring athletes illustrate our alternative definition of "personal best" with a mission to show how everyone can "get into the game" and enjoy a higher quality of life. Efforts to dat...
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A Different Kind of Fish Story

A Different Kind of Fish Story - Alexandra Stafford, 54, Metairie, Louisiana NSGA's Personal Best initiative seeks to inspire an attitude for lifelong health and fitness in everyone by presenting profiles of Senior Games athletes who are successful examples of healthy, active aging. Having a sensible approach to nutrition is one aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so we decided to have a re...
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Cycling Away From Cancer

Cycling Away From Cancer - Michael Adsit, 65, Milford, Pennsylvania Statistics tell us that one of two American men and one of three American women will personally encounter cancer. The good news is that with research and medical advancements, a diagnosis doesn't always carry the "automatic death sentence" connotation it once had. There are more than 12 million survivors who are learning to live b...
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The Power of Love

The Power of Love - John C. Taylor, 94, Atlanta, Georgia It's not just anyone who can say they have done a triathlon in the National Senior Games at the age of 90 or older. In fact, no one but John C. Taylor can make that claim, which was accomplished in 2011 in Houston. Even more remarkable is that John didn't begin running until he was 60 years old as part of an ongoing process of reinventing hi...
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Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons

Of Mentors, Mountains and Marathons - Della Works, 80, Casper, Wyoming At each phase of her life, Della Works hasn't begun to imagine what the next turn would bring. As a farm girl in Wisconsin, she never saw a mountain while growing up, yet she would find herself avidly hiking and climbing them after she married a man who loved the outdoors. You wouldn't have convinced her at age 48 that she woul...
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"Fleet Fox" March 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Vicki Fox, 56, Huntington, New York Fleet Fox People not familiar with the Senior Games Movement often assume that all of the athletes have been active in sports for their entire lives, or at least were once elite athletes who returned to compete as seniors. While this is true for many who participate, especially for those who qualify for the National Senior Games, the truth is that a...
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"'Team Conaway' Supports a Victor" February 2015 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Victor Conaway, 75, Escondido, California "Team Conaway" Supports a Victor Victor Conaway is a retired mechanic and continuing education teacher who once owned his own motorcycle shop. Known among endurance racers, his favorite challenge was the grueling Baja 500 desert run in Mexico. He admits to not always taking the best care of himself, but when he needed heart surgery a dozen yea...
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The Long Run - February 2015

Association News NSGA Annual Conference Busy, Fun andProductive NSGA members recently converged on the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2015 Annual Conference. The destination was fabulous and our hosts (New Mexico Senior Olympics and the New Mexico Aging and Long Term Services Department) were very gracious. What could be better than a mariachi band to set the tone for...
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The Long Run - January 2015

Association News NSGA Welcomes Wilson Game Ball Sponsorship    NSGA is pleased to announce that Wilson Sporting Goods will be a new sponsor for the 2015 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Wilson will be the Official Game Ball for baseball, basketball, racquetball, softball and tennis for The Games in Minnesota. Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, ...
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01 April 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Julia Hawkins, 101, Baton Rouge, Louisiana As we often say, it’s never too late to get into The Games. It’s also never too...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Lee Stadem, 89, Sioux Falls, South Dakota You might say Leroy “Lee” Stadem has a reverence for sports and fitness. He believes that keepin...
19 March 2017
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Hazel Hassen Bey, 93, Montclair, New Jersey In sports, sometimes the story is about amazing feats of skill and glory. Other times, it is ab...
16 March 2017
News and Events
National Senior Games CEO Marc Riker visited Birmingham this week to prepare for the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana! He team...