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The Long Run - July 2014

Association News Show Me State Hosts NSGA Personal Best Tour The NSGA Personal Best Tour traveled to Columbia, MO on June 20 to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Missouri State Senior Games and to spotlight 65-year old Jane Kaiser of St. Louis. Kaiser keeps busy as a clinical nurse and speaker, and has won many medals and ribbons in senior competitions. She has enjoyed lifelong good healt...
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Columbia, Missouri

It was Show Me time as we joined the kickoff banquet for the 20th annual Missouri State Senior Games in Columbia. Jane Kaiser was the perfect selection to represent the Show Me State Personal Best because she is someone who walks the walk. Jane is still active as a clinical nurse and speaker, and has won many medals and ribbons in local, state and national senior competitions. But NSGA CEO Marc T....
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The Long Run - June 2014

Association News NSGA Personal Best Tour Goes Coast to Coast    Portland, Maine - Jerry LeVasseur On May 31, Maine Senior Games held a kickoff luncheon where we recognized 76 year old Jerry LeVasseur with a Personal Best Award. While we recounted his harrowing experience surviving life threatening burns from a famed circus tent fire that claimed 168 lives 70 years ago, and talked about...
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"You Are What You Eat" June 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Hero: Michele Brown, 55, Lamar, Arkansas You Are What You Eat As a physical education teacher, 55 year old Michele Brown loves to be a role model for fitness. "Everyone who knows me says I am one of the most active and competitive people they know," says the lifelong resident of Lamar, Arkansas. "When I found out about Senior Games, I couldn’t wait until I reached the age to enter so I coul...
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Pasadena, California

What could be better than having an Olympic swimming legend attend an award presentation to honor an amateur Senior Games swimmer? John Naber, who dominated the 1976 Olympics with five medals, found a way. NSGA honored 67 year old Vivian Stancil of Riverside with a Personal Best Award during the California State Senior Games athlete celebration at the Pasadena Senior Center. Vivian was a foster ch...
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Portland, Maine

Pictured to the left Becky Dube (left) with Martin's Point Health Care congratulates Maine Senior Games Coordinator Jo Dill as recipient of their inaugural Medallion Award, while Jerry LeVassaseur displays his Personal Best Award presented by NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker. An enthusiastic throng of Mainers joined to honor 76 year old senior athlete Jerry Levasseur of Brunswick with our "Personal Best Awa...
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The Show Must Go On

Jerry LeVasseur, 76, Brunswick, Maine On a hot and sunny July day in 1944, young Jerry LeVasseur and his mother set out from Bristol, Connecticut for an afternoon of fun at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in nearby Hartford. The Big Top was packed with 7,000 fans.  As the show began, the unthinkable happened. A spark, likely from a cigarette, set fire to the circus tent whic...
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The Long Run - May 2014

Celebrate Older Americans Month 2014 Association News New NSGA Spotlight Video Debuts Visitors to NSGA.com can now view a brief "spotlight video" that explains NSGA's health and wellness mission and promotes the unique status of the National Senior Games as the largest multi-sport event for people 50+ in the world. The video was made possible with cooperation of our Presenting Spons...
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"School is Never Out on Fitness" May 2014 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: May 2014 Athlete of the Month School is Never Out on Fitness When D. Paul Miller talks about the importance of exercise and shares his routine, he can't help if it sounds like he is lecturing. That's because he is a retired professor of sociology and anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, just a few miles from his home in Normal. However, the fact that he is ...
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"Finding His Rhythm" April Athlete of the Month

Humana Hero: Dave Kirgan, 62, Bowling Green, Kentucky As a race walker, 62 year old Dave Kirgan of Bowling Green, Kentucky knows the importance of finding a rhythm and focusing on fine details to keep moving. He also knows all too well the consequences of falling out of rhythm. A career Air Force man, Dave kept in shape and always aced his annual fitness test - until he was allowed to pursue a deg...
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The Long Run - April 2014

Association News NSGA Annual Conference Discovers "Minnesota Nice" More than 90 people dedicated to the Senior Games Movement converged on Minnesota for the NSGA Annual Conference to meet, interact and learn through meetings and workshops designed to help with common topics shared by state games organizers. This year was also an opportunity for states to meet local host organizers for the 2015 Na...
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 2014 Personal Best Tour kicked off with a reception at The NSGA Annual Conference where 80 year old tennis player Ruby Rott (pronounced "wrote") of St. Paul was introduced to attendees who manage state Senior Games around the nation. An official presentation event for public and media will be held during the Minnesota Senior Games in August, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to give a sn...
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Extra-Ordinary

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 the recognition, instead suggesting another Minnesota tennis player in his 90's who won two medals at last year's National Senior Games. After all, she had only finally managed to capture a Silver Medal in Cleveland last year after ten attempts. And who would b...
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The Long Run - March 2014

Association News Personal Best: Four New Athlete Profiles Debut  The 2014 Personal Best campaign has begun with an updated webpage at NSGA.com displaying four new inspiring and entertaining senior athlete profiles designed to motivate all adults 50+ to pursue active healthy lifestyles. We hope you will enjoy getting to know Ethel Lehmann, Dr. Granville Coggs (pictured here), Karen Newman a...
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For the Love of the Game

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 father's shoulders, watching and cheering along as the hometown hero hit a home run. As a teen that memory resonated when she set softball records and was named team MVP as her proud father and uncles cheered her on. But times were different and her mother mad...
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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...