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SENIOR GAMES MOVEMENT TIMELINE

Here’s how the Senior Games Movement has developed over time, beginning with the first known event in 1970. Find the dates for when your state first held multisport events for seniors, as well as other key moments in NSGA history.

Please note that there may have been individual and local events held prior to the year shown for some states. These dates indicate when regular multisport events took shape and contributed to the formation of the first national event in 1987, followed by the years when State Member Games began that became qualifying events for National Senior Games.

Senior Games Movement

Senior Games Movement
2015
2015

Fitness Age Test – National Senior Games

NSGA releases “Fitness Age Test” survey of 4,000+ senior athletes proving value of having active lifestyles; 2015 National Games hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
2014
2014

CAN

Canada Games (Quebec Province) joins NSGA as qualifying Member Games.
2013
2013

Personal Best – National Senior Games

NSGA begins “Personal Best” health and wellness initiative with athlete profiles as examples of healthy, active aging; 2013 National Games hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.
2011
2011

National Senior Games

2011 National Games hosted in Houston, Texas.
2009
2009

National Senior Games

2009 National Games hosted in Palo Alto, California.
2007
2007

HUMANA – National Senior Games

HUMANA – National Senior Games
HUMANA begins as Presenting Sponsor of National Senior Games; 2007 National Senior Games Hosted in Louisville, Kentucky.  
2005
2005

National Senior Games

2005 National Senior Games hosted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2004
2004

NVGAG

National Veterans Golden Age Games join NSGA as qualifying Member Games.
2003
2003

AK and ID – National Senior Games

Alaska and Idaho had their first senior games; 2003 National Senior Games hosted in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
2001
2001

LA – National Senior Games

Louisiana had their first senior games; 2001 National Senior Games hosted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1999
1999

National Senior Games

1999 National Senior Games hosted in Orlando, Florida.
1998
1998

NSGA Foundation and HI

NSGA Foundation is formed; Hawaii had their first senior games.
1997
1997

NSGA Headquarters Moves – National Senior Games

NSGA Headquarters moves from St. Louis to Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1997 National Senior Games hosted in Tucson, Arizona.
1995
1995

WA – National Senior Games

Washington had their first senior games; 1995 National Senior games hosted in San Antonio, Texas.
1994
1994

MO

Missouri had their first senior games.
1993
1993

MN and ND – National Senio Games

Minnesota and North Dakota had their first senior games; 1993 National Senior Games hosted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1992
1992

AR, CA, OR and WV

Arkansas, California, Oregon and West Virginia had their first senior games.
1991
1991

DE, FL, IN and MA – National Senior Games

Delaware, Florida, Indiana and Massachusetts had their first senior games; 1991 National Senior Games hosted in Syracuse, New York.
1990
1990

TX

Texas had their first senior games.
1989
1989

NE and PA – National Senior Games

Nebraska and Pennsylvania had their first senior games; 1989 National Senior Games hosted in St. Louis, Missouri.
1987
1987

AL, KS, KY, NH, OK, UT and WY – National Senior Games

Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming had their first senior games; 1987 National Senior Games hosted in St. Louis, Missouri.
1986
1986

ME and NJ

Maine and New Jersey had their first senior games.
1985
1985

National Organizing Committee & IA, MT, NV and SC

First National Games organizing committee is formed in St. Louis; Iowa, Montana, Nevada and South Carolina had their first senior games.
1984
1984

AZ, MS and SD

Arizona, Mississippi and South Dakota had their first senior games.
1983
1983

DC, NC and VT

Washington DC, North Carolina and Vermont had their first senior games.
1982
1982

GA and NY

Georgia and New York had their first senior games.
1981
1981

TN

Tennessee had their first senior games.
1980
1980

MD and WI

Maryland and Wisconsin had their first senior games.
1979
1979

CT, MI, NM, OH and VA

Connecticut, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia had their first senior games.
1977
1977

Let the Games Begin! – CO, IL and RI

Colorado, Illinois and Rhode Island had their first senior games.
1975
1975

Sanford, FL

First known recurring local Senior Games begin in Sanford, Florida – and still going!
1970
1970

The beginning of the road

First “Senior Olympix” multisports event is organized by Warren Blaney in Los Angeles.

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