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Sportingly Yours

Sportingly Yours
Sportingly Yours - Don Hoeppner, 85, Whitewater, Wisconsin Will Rogers famously said “I never met a man I didn’t like.” In the case of Don Hoeppner, you could say he never met a sport he didn’t like. In fact, he often writes the closing line “Sportingly Yours” in his letters and emails. T h e retired CPA has always loved to run, jump, hit, catch, bounce and throw, and has made good on his goal to ...
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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can - Harold Bach, 96, Bismarck, North Dakota People have always had trouble keeping up with Harold Bach. At 96, the North Dakotan should have earned a dictionary entry under the word “active” by now. He’s pretty fast on the track too, and has been a fixture at the National Senior Games since his first appearance in 1993. He wins his share of medals, and at the  2015 National ...
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Standing Up to MS

Standing Up to MS
Standing Up to MS - Eleanor Pendergraft, 80, Johnson City, Tennessee Eight years ago, Eleanor Pendergraft pondered her fate. She had been disabled for 25 years with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. A walker, wheelchair or motorized scooter was her only means of getting around. Her neurologist said she would never get any better. Undaunted,...
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A Personal Best Life

A Personal Best Life
A Personal Best Life -  Tom Lough, 73, Round Rock, Texas Tom Lough is, by his own estimation, a man who does not possess special skills or talents, athletic or otherwise. How, then, does he explain a life of accomplishments that includes competing in Modern Pentathlon at age 26 in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City? Add to this graduating from West Point with a degree in engineering, then ...
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The Sense of Success

The Sense of Success
The Sense of Success - Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick, 71 Shelby Township, Michigan While all Senior Games athletes strive to perform at their best, the reasons vary as to what motivates them. Some still have the burning desire to win and earn medals, while others seek to maintain health and vitality, to set goals, to measure and compete against themselves over time, or simply to enjoy participating ...
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“Wait to Worry”

“Wait to Worry”
“Wait to Worry” - Ryan Beighley, 90, The Villages, Florida Most of us can (or one day will) point to a moment or experience that brings about a profound change. When you ask 90-year-old Ryan Beighley what has motivated him to keep running and swimming through his life, the decorated World War II veteran has one of the more interesting answers- he literally had to run and swim for his life. Ryan, w...
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Shuttling Around The World

Shuttling Around The World
Shuttling Around The World - Debbie Lorenzo, 64, Las Vegas, Nevada It's only fitting that Debbie Lorenzo found herself settling into Las Vegas two decades ago. The previous years, beginning in her native Singapore, were full of action, surprises and excitement-and not all of it pleasant. She gambled on her life moves, scored on opportunities and overcame all manner of challenges. At every turn, a ...
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Against All Odds

Against All Odds
Against All Odds - Brenda Talley, 60, Las Vegas, Nevada What happens when life suddenly deals you one bad hand after another? Do you fold, or do you find a way to play it out? Brenda Talley, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in 2008 and has undergone more than 40 rounds of chemotherapy, five surgeries and three recurrences, refused to believe each succeeding doctor's dire prognosis an...
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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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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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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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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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07 November 2017
News and Events
Voted by industry as best of its kind for the fourth time in awards history NSGA is excited to announce that the 2017 National Senior Games ...
03 October 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: John White, 66, Milwaukee, Wisconsin John White takes his sports seriously, make no mistake about it. But we’ve noticed that ev...
25 September 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Candace Kennedy-Hess, 63, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania Six years ago, Candace Kennedy-Hess thought her cycling days were long ov...
01 August 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Curt Davison, 92, Kirkwood, Missouri Curt Davison is not known to throw his weight around, other than on the field of play...