The skies were threatening and afternoon showers did pass through, but that did not prevent athletes from turning the day into a party at last night’s 2022 Celebration of Athletes sponsored by Ageility at Los Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park.
We Did It! A Record For the Ages!
First things first. Prior to the program, a throng descended on the park for a pre-show attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the Largest Game of Freeze Dance sponsored by Pacira BioSciences, Inc. and iovera°, a hand-held device manufactured by Pacira that delivers extreme cold therapy to treat nerves and immediately reduce pain without the use of drugs.
Turns out our athletes got this down cold. While the official number has not been released as of this publishing, the Guinness representative onsite did certify the record. GREAT JOB, ATHLETES!
Program Earns Praise of Athletes
Responding to athlete feedback, NSGA found a new way to shorten the program and make it more of a celebration and focused on the athletes. Instead of having a celebrity emcee, each portion of the show was introduced by an athlete, state coordinator or NSGA board leader.
The stirring Parade of Athletes certainly celebrated the participants, and a highlight of the night was a video presentation and remarks by Growing Bolder’s Marc Middleton celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX and recognized Kathrine Switzer and other pioneers in the audience.
After the torch departure and passing of the flag to Pittsburgh, host for the 2023 National Senior Games presented by Humana, the Chase Band took over and many athletes stayed on to dance and party with their friends. Truly a Reunion For the Ages! P.S. View more photos from the event in our 2022 Photo Gallery.