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

"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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The Long Run - May 2015

The Long Run - May 2015
Game On! 2015 Games Brackets and Schedules Update Once registration closes, the next thing many athletes understandably want to know is when competition draws and brackets will be available. We always work closely with our competition chairs and staff to get this information ready as soon as possible for each sport.   Please know that sport schedules will be posted no later then by June 15.&n...
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The Family That Plays Together...

The Family That Plays Together...
  From left: Monica, Tom, "Pop", Nancy, Buffy, Dan, Carl Jr. The Family That Plays Together...-The Horstman Family, Evansville, Indiana As the biennial National Senior Games approaches its 14th gathering of athletes since the first event was held in 1987, we are delighted to see more and more intergenerational participation. Earlier in our history, we saw participation by couples, siblings an...
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Evansville, Indiana

As the third-largest city in Indiana, Evansville does not receive the attention it deserves. It has the distinction of being first in the state for senior athletics, since local annual Senior Games have been held there for over 25 years. The Southwestern Indiana Region Council on Aging (called SWIRCA & More) has been the driving force behind this achievement, and when the opportunity came up t...
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Walk Like a Mississipian

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

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 Clos...
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"Carving the Lanes - and Birds" April 2015 Athlete of the Month

"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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Rallying Through Life's Kill Shots

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 below, Sharon...
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The Long Run - March 2015

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 date...
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A Different Kind of Fish Story

A Different Kind of Fish Story
A Different Kind of Fish Story - Alexandra Stafford, 54, Metairie, Louisiana N S GA'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 ...
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Cycling Away From Cancer

Cycling Away From Cancer
Cycling Away From Cancer - Michael Adsit, 65, Milford, Pennsylvania S tatistics 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 ...
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The Power of Love

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
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

"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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11 April 2014
Personal Best Tour Blogs
The 2014 Personal Best Tour kicked off with a reception at The NSGA Annual Conference where 80 year old tennis player Ruby Rott (pronounced ...
11 April 2014
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Ruby Rott, 80, Saint Paul, Minnesota When we first invited Ruby Rott to be a Personal Best athlete, she didn't feel she was worthy of t...
12 March 2014
Personal Best Featured Athletes
Ethel Lehmann, 84, Largo, Florida Baseball was love at first sight from the time Ethel Lehmann was a little girl in New York sitting on her ...
12 March 2014
Personal Best Featured Athletes
D r. Granville Coggs, 88, Sa n Antonio, Texas “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – From Invictus by William Ernest H...