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"Heartfelt Thanks" November 2013 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: November 2013 Athlete of the Month Heartfelt Thanks On June 22nd, 2007, John Bates was having the time of his life, sharing a tennis court with his doubles partner and wife Janice Sullivan. They had traveled to Louisville, Kentucky from their home in east Tennessee to compete in the 2007 National Senior Games. In one moment, he was practicing for competition starting the next day an...
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Family Extended

Fran Allison, 80, Kinston, NC & Jackie Allison, 56, Youngsville, NC Fran Allison's motor never stops, and the energy has rubbed off on her family and everyone else around her. She played what high school sports were available for females in the early '50s and her husband taught her to play tennis and golf, but raising four children put those activities on hold. Fran lived sports through her ki...
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Greenville, North Carolina

Talk about a "family affair!" Bonds of affection and dedication could be felt throughout our visit to Greenville, and it went well beyond our Personal Best award presentation to 80 year old Fran Allison and her 56 year old daughter Jackie, made during a break in competition at the 20th annual North Carolina Senior Games Basketball Championships held at East Carolina University's Student Recreation...
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The Long Run - October 2013

Association News NSGA Staff, Personal Best Tour Visits Utah's Huntsman World Senior Games The spirit of perseverance, overcoming obstacles and offering a role model to others are key aspects of NSGA's new definition of personal best. These are common traits with most senior athletes, and they show it in a myriad of ways. Case in point: John Morgan, Jr. , the latest athlete featured when the Person...
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"Man of 1,000 Races" October 2013 Athlete of the Month

HUMANA Heroes: October 2013 Athlete of the Month Man of 1,000 Races Experienced runners will tell you that it’s good to have a goal. But few goals are as remarkable as Don McMahill’s-that of competing in 1,000 races. The 77 year old retired YMCA director reached that ambitious milestone in the 5K race walk at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana in July. The occasion provided an oppo...
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St. George, Utah

The spirit of perseverance, overcoming obstacles and offering a role model to others are key aspects of NSGA's new definition of personal best. These are common traits with most senior athletes, and they show it in myriad ways. Case in point: John Morgan, Jr., the latest athlete featured when the Personal Best Tour visited The Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker...
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Unexpected Gains

John Morgan, Jr., 90,  Sa l t Lake City, Utah J ohn Morgan, Jr. is first and foremost an entrepreneurial businessman. The role model was his father, who invited him to join as a partner in resource development ventures after John earned his degrees at the University of Utah and completed Army service in World War II. Their speculation in oil, gas and mining leases had its bumps in the road, b...
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"On a Wing and a Prayer" September 2013 Athlete of the Month

On a Wing and a Prayer 55 year old Joe Garcia of Ferndale, Washington has a competitive spirit, but he had more on his mind than simply running a race when he qualified for the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. We couldn't believe our eyes when we encountered Joe dressed in native garb including sandals, tunic and seashell necklace and anklet after the 5K road race held at the Clevel...
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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

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

Linn Dunton, 56, Pine Valley, California 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 lifestyle change, surgery and much pra...
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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

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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