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The Long Run - September 2013

The Long Run - September 2013
Association News Sue Hlavacek Joins NSGA Staff We are pleased to announce that Susan A. Hlavacek has accepted the position of Director of Events and Programs for the NSGA beginning October 1st.  Sue's experience, professionalism, and personality is a great addition to the NSGA Team.      Hlavacek most recently served as the Director of Sports for the 2013 National Senior G...
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The Long Run - August 2013

The Long Run - August 2013
SPECIAL PHOTO EDITION A Look Back at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana   There were many words used by our athletes to describe their visit to Cleveland: Surprised. Delighted.  Entertained. Befriended. Excited.  We could share a lot of words about the experience, but we would rather share a few of the images from the games to allow those who attended to reminisce......
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"This One's for Mom and Dad" July 2013 Athlete of the Month

"This One's for Mom and Dad" July 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: July 2013 Athlete of the Month This One's for Mom and Dad In August of 2007, Linn Dunton of Pine Valley, California was enjoying a full life as a teacher, track coach, wife and mother of four. With one phone call she was thrown into a battle for her life with a diagnosis of breast cancer. She says she put it into remission "with hard work, determination, discipline, a radical lifest...
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Cleveland, Ohio

There were so many reasons to have our 7 th  event in Cleveland during the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Six athletes featured on our web page were not included in the tour and deserved to have their Personal Best Award moment. It was an opportunity to share a multimedia recap the tour to date and invite as many of the featured athletes to be introduced again. It was also a ...
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The Long Run - July 2013

The Long Run - July 2013
Association News Personal Best Tour Rocks Chicago, Il and Canton, OH The hits just keep on coming.  What better way to highlight the rock and roll theme of the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana in Cleveland than to recruit a real rock and roll star to help get out our Personal Best message one month before The Games?   Grammy winner Jim Peterik, whose songs represent more th...
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Canton, Ohio

Two days after we rocked Chicago with a Jim Peterik mini-concert, we rolled into Canton, Ohio where a celebrity from the sports world hopped on our tour event. The occasion was the Hall of Fame Senior Olympics and State Games Kick Off Breakfast held under a large tent next to the venerable Pro Football Hall of Fame, and despite the early start there was plenty of energy coming from the 150+ athlet...
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Chicago, Illinois

Our tour continues to show variety both in our athlete stories and in the guests that come out to support our message. In addition to honoring Bob O’Connor of River Forest with a "Personal Best Award," our Chicago press conference at the swank Ritz-Carlton also celebrated the rock and roll theme of the National Senior Games Presented by Humana taking place in Cleveland. Grammy winner and Chicago a...
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The Long Run - June 2013

The Long Run - June 2013
Association News Personal Best Tour Visits Ft. Jackson, SC and Phoenix, AZ The variety of setting and athlete profiles continued to grow as our Personal Best Tour spotlighted an Army tennis player in South Carolina and a salon owner in Arizona.   On Armed Forces Day we saluted Col. Jamie Houston, a 59 year old Army dentist who recruited an entire base team when he couldn't find anyone to prac...
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"Where in the world is Ron Snipe?" June 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Where in the world is Ron Snipe?" June 2013 Athlete of the Month
Where in the world is Ron Snipe? Senior athlete Ron Snipe loves geography. He made it his college major, studying in Mexico City and earning degrees at the University of Utah and Utah State, where he played on the varsity soccer team. A large portion of his career has been as a sales rep, consultant and research geographer for a major education publisher. The Port Angeles, Washington resident is a...
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Color Me Joyful

Color Me Joyful
Elli Edgar, 65, Phoenix, Arizona Elli Edgar is a colorful character who colors for a living. Starting from a background working in traditional tattoo parlors and a stint in the costume and makeup fields in Hollywood, Elli's love of aesthetics led her to the permanent makeup profession. She has owned a full service  salon for men and women in downtown Phoenix for many years, and in  1 9 9...
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Phoenix, Arizona

"Joyful" best described our gathering in Phoenix, and when you read Elli Edgar's Personal Best profile you will understand why. Elli has put cancer and other setbacks in the rear view mirror and finds joy in every day and every person she encounters. The event at Phoenix City Hall was set up to be a news conference but ended up as a celebration. More than 20 other Arizona Senior Olympians going to...
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Fit To Serve

Fit To Serve
Col. James "Jamie" Houston, 59, Fort Jackson, South Carolina Col. James Houston, like most who make a career with the Army, maintains a fit profile.  However, Jamie (as he prefers to be called) has been a self-professed fitness and sports fanatic for his entire life. To our knowledge, Jamie may be the only active duty military person who will compete in Cleveland for the 2013  Na tional ...
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Jackson, South Carolina

Fort Jackson near Columbia was already bustling with activity as it celebrated Armed Forces Day with an annual retiree weekend including a 5K run and health expo. The sprawling U.S. Army base is famed for its tradition of training, so the fitness message of NSGA's Personal Best Tour fell right in line with the activities as we showcased Col. Jamie Houston, a career Army dentist who commands the "D...
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The Long Run - May 2013

The Long Run - May 2013
Association News A Memorable Presentation in DC The Personal Best Tour made a splash at the opening ceremony of the DC State Senior Games, held at the historic and recently renovated Howard Theater on May 6.   Sprinter Oscar Peyton, who ran his first ever track meet at age 49 and ten years later is near the top of all time record holders for his age class, was our Maryland honoree.  76 y...
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"Trying Something New" May 2013 Athlete of the Month

"Trying Something New" May 2013 Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Heroes: May Athlete of the Month Marie Neaves of Townsend, Delaware may have a career working in a library, but she is no mere bookworm. Marie is not one to shirk a challenge, and she's had her share. Trying something new got her involved in sports after she became a senior, and it's been one thing after another ever since. The tragic loss of her husband to cancer in 2003, followed by her s...
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