Athlete of the Month
Each month, NSGA selects an interesting athlete to highlight from the vast diversity of people who participate in National Senior Games. These stories demonstrate the spirit of The Games and the benefits of fitness, fun and fellowship that athletes enjoy through their competitive efforts. Everyone has a story to share – what’s yours?
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February 2024 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist Matt Meister, 59 Kearney, Nebraska Many golfers will tell you they have a love-hate relationship with their sport. Matt Meister did not come to appreciate why some call it “a good walk spoiled” until midlife when he took up the game searching for
January 2024 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist Vickie Liddell, 67 Pine Bluff, Arkansas We all know the story about the old woman who lived in a shoe with so many children she didn’t know what to do. Vickie Liddell had 10 children, but she knew just what to do with
December 2023 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist Edna Siniff, 87 Mahtomedi, Minnesota When Edna Siniff was three years old, she discovered her competitive spirit and sharp eye when she insisted on shooting BB guns with her older brother. “Dad set us up in the basement shooting at hanging corks,” she
November 2023 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist Hiro Moriyasu, 76 Los Angeles, California Hiro Moriyasu is one tough out, as evidenced by the two gold medals he collected in National Senior Games Table Tennis competition this summer in Pittsburgh. He has often repeated that feat since joining in The Games
October 2023 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist Janet Mitchell, 67 Gaithersburg, Maryland It’s not easy to deal with the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, but Janet Mitchell says softball and her team helped her overcome the challenge five years ago. Janet hardly knows a time when she wasn’t on
September 2023 Athlete of the Month By Del Moon, NSGA PR Specialist James Lewis, 68 Harvey, Illinois No one loves basketball more than James Lewis, and it has been a constant presence in his life. One testimonial to this is his induction into the Masters Basketball Association Hall of Fame. Yet, as deep as his
Bob Knight, 79 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bob Knight has a lot of resilience and a sense of humor that will ease any situation. Ask him if he has bowled and played softball all of his life and he quickly replies, “Not yet!” The Pittsburgh area native has needed both of those qualities to overcome the many
Keryl Rustin, 74 Kearneysville, West Virginia You won’t find a more determined person than Keryl (pronounced “Curl”) Rustin. She adapted to being born visually impaired, finished school, raised three children and had a satisfying working career at a VA hospital in West Virginia. Then, at the age of 52 a rare neurological condition gradually took
Dr. Leopoldo Gracia Vilches, 64, Navojoa, Sonora Mexico Power Walk has been around for a long time as a fitness exercise but is new as a medal sport, having been introduced nationally at the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana. In the second gathering in Fort Lauderdale in 2022, it was therefore hard to know
Paula Franetti, 67 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania To see Paula Franetti mixing it up in women’s basketball competition at the National Senior Games last year, we marveled that the Pittsburgh native had worked her way back to a fully active life after a horrific car crash. In September 2016 Paula was driving to her Pittsburgh office when