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Serving Others

Serving Others
Irma DeMarzo, 76, Jackson, New Jersey Irma DeMarzo is the kind of person that embraces everything that she does, and especially when it comes to tennis. In her native Brooklyn, Irma displayed an innate competitiveness and physical aptitude in a variety of sports and was recognized as the top girl athlete in her high school. However, tennis was not available for her until after she married and...
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The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On
Jerry LeVasseur, 76, B r un s w i c k, 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 c ircus t...
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Extra-Ordinary

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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For the Love of the Game

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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Soaring Inspiration

Soaring Inspiration
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 Henry When he thinks back over an eventful life, Dr. Granville Coggs is both astonished and gratified at the path he has taken and the things he has accomplished.  Growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in a time when society told him what he couldn’t do and h...
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By the Numbers

By the Numbers
By the Numbers - Jane Kaiser, 65, St. Louis, Missouri Jan e Kaiser may not be the most gifted senior athlete, but she just might be the healthiest. It seems fitting that a native of St. Louis would be the poster child for our motto to "Be Your Personal Best." After all, the Gateway City is the birthplace of the National Senior Games. And Jane, who was selected to carry the 2002 Salt Lake City Wint...
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Targeting the Heart

Targeting the Heart
Targeting the Heart - Little Big Eagle, 58, Midland, North Carolina There he stood on the awards podium in Cleveland, proudly celebrating his Gold  M edal in archery won at the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. His name was announced - Little Big Eagle - and it seemed to convey to every observer that this was a Native American archer who probably had years of experience and know...
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Full Cycle

Full Cycle
Full Cycle - Larry Johnson, 94, Albuquerque, New Mexico When he turned 90, Larry Johnson's grandson challenged him to ride his bike 90 miles to celebrate. Not only did he accept the challenge, he  made it an even 100 miles and staged the ride on a spin cycle at his gym in Albuquerque. Now 94, the gregarious National Senior Games  medalist has duplicated the feat annually, and has inspire...
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Going Great Lengths

Going Great Lengths
Going Great Lengths - Vivian Stancil, 67, Riverside, California Photo (below) By: Cathy Wilson If you had told a young Vivian Stancil she would one day be swimming and competing in Senior Games, she would have laughed out loud at the notion. She was always deathly afraid of water, and could have easily quit with the first panic attack that gripped her when she finally did ease into a pool to learn...
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Forever 21

Forever 21
Forever 21 - Karen Newman, 52, New Greenwich, Connecticut It would be easy to survey the athletic accomplishments of seven time All- American triathlete Karen Newman and assume her road has been a relatively easy one. Of course, a natural runner with an intensely competitive attitude would be able to return to form after taking a break to marry and have three kids. Nothing that extraordinary about...
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Family Extended

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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Unexpected Gains

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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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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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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A Team Dream Come True

A Team Dream Come True
Jackie Stephens, 76, Fairfax Station, Virginia When Jackie Stephens was young she lived with her grandfather who was the Baptist minister for the African American community in a small town not far from Philadelphia. She would sit enraptured at the end of the long mahogany dinner table at Sunday dinners in her grandparent’s house, soaking in stories from missionaries and church guests from afar. Th...
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08 February 2017
News and Events
DALLAS, Texas- By all accounts, attendees to the 2017 National Senior Games Association (NSGA) Annual Conference found a wealth of useful in...
08 February 2017
Athlete of the Month
HUMANA Hero: Ronnie Lakatos, 56, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Ronnie Lakatos has always promoted physical fitness, both as an individual and thro...
31 January 2017
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DALLAS, Texas- A affable, lifelong multi-sport athlete and a passionate player and advocate of senior women’s basketball were named as recip...
31 January 2017
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Press Releases
DALLAS, Texas- Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, preventive medicine pioneer and “father of aerobics,” presented a talk at the 2017 National Senior Gam...