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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 -...

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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Smoking the Competition - October 2019 Athlete of the Month

James Jackson, 53, Denton, Texas It’s rare for a runner to win best overall times in both the 5K and 10K road races in a National Senior Games. It’s only happened four times in our 32-year history, most recently in 2011. Now, James Jackson of Denton, Texas joins that elite group with his performance at the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana. Many runners in North Texas have been readin...
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Nothing Keeps Alice Down

Alice Walker, 87, Chester, South Carolina Editor’s Note: NSGA is a partner to promoting National Falls Prevention Awareness Day each September. Our research on highly active older adults who compete in The Games reveals that they experience falls at one-third the rate of their age peers, and that a larger percentage recover from falls they do experience. Alice Walker is just such an example that p...
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Performing a Lofty Role - August 2019 Athlete of the Month

David Salazar, 69, Cedar Crest, New Mexico NSGA’s official highlights video from the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana sought to go beyond action clips and honor the athletes and the people of Albuquerque and New Mexico by selecting a local athlete to represent them in an unusual way. The video titled “Enchanted” (watch it here) features stunning drone video shots of a medal winner pe...
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The Long Run - August 2019

2019 Games Nominated for SportsTravel Award PLEASE VOTE! Every year, SportsTravel Magazine polls industry professionals and the public to select the best sporting events in amateur, collegiate and professional categories. The National Senior Games has won the prestigious SportsTravel Award twice before, and we are thrilled to announce that The Games are nominated again! The 2019 National Senior Ga...
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Renewing a “Rivalry” by Chance - July 2019 Athlete of the Month

Bob Shannon, 66,  Alameda, CA and  Jeff Johanson, 65,  Arnold, CA It’s not that unusual for senior athletes to know others from their youthful sporting days who also participate in National Senior Games. But it’s quite another thing to realize that the guy in the lane next to you is someone you used to compete with-and against-in school who you haven’t seen in 47 years. Bob Shannon, 66 and Jeff Jo...
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Pickleball Therapy - May 2019 Athlete of the Month

Kory Kelly, 51, Ogden, Utah Athletes go through struggles on and off the field, but few have faced adversity at a level similar to what Kory Kelly has been through. After serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Air Force and on special assignment to other government organizations, Kelly was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to an extreme level where he would stay at home excep...
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Chama the Charmer - April 2019 Athlete of the Month

Debbie Klecan,  64, Edgewood, New Mexico Debbie Klecan is a multi-talented person - masters swimmer, photographer, illustrator, art teacher and expert dog trainer. Her best attribute, however, is how she has met extreme physical challenges brought on by a horrific car accident 18 years ago with a smile and more determination to live life to the fullest. “I’m a different swimmer after the accident ...
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Competing from Z to A - March 2019 Athlete of the Month

Zoltan Zsohar, 71, Dallas, Texas What makes for a competitor? There are many possible answers to that, but for cyclist Zoltan Zsohar, it might just have started with his name. “I was last kid in line in a lot of situations,” he explains. “When I started college they assigned seats in alphabetical order. Because the classes were overbooked at first, I ended up standing in the back of the class. So,...
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For Jersey Strong, it’s Deja Vu in ABQ - February 2019 Athlete of the Month

Sue Benjamin, 57 Karen Strittmatter, 58 Diane Pevny, 59 Jersey Strong 50+ Softball   It’s hard to imagine any athletes being more excited to be going to the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana than three special teammates on the Jersey Strong women’s 50+ softball team. That’s because for them the road to Albuquerque this year went through Albuquerque more than three decades ago. Sue Ben...
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80-Year-Old Makes Birthday Run in the Cradle of the Marathon - January 2019 Athlete of the Month

Heide Moebius, 80, Lancaster, Pennsylvania What does your average person think about doing when they turn 80? Heide Moebius is definitely not average, because she set a goal of running a marathon in Greece and finished in Olympic style. The feat is remarkable, but not surprising once you know the background of the retired export executive. Heide had little sports opportunities as a child in German...
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Extra Frames - December 2018 Athlete of the Month

Joe Dorough, 68, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri   Joe Dorough knows what it feels like to get a second and third chance in life, and he’s making the most of it.    The 68-year-old retired Teamster started bowling at age of ten and it became his favorite activity. “I did it regularly, except for the times when I was working evening shifts,” he recalls. “None of my buddies could bowl with me in the morn...
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Too Good Not to Share - November 2018 Athlete of the Month

Betsy Hall is like many people who participate in Senior Games–she loves it so much, she is motivated to tell others to get involved and keeps after them until they do. The Ohio native was a late bloomer who did not participate in sports as a youth, but caught the running bug at age 45 after her overweight husband was told to walk and run for exercise and she went along to provide company. “He did...
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Heart to Heart - October 2018 Athlete of the Month

David Kucherawy, 66, Washington, Pennsylvania All dog owners enjoy a bond with their pets, but David Kucherawy has a special connection with his cocker spaniel Raleigh. In fact, he jokes that in a sense they saved each other’s lives. David has been competing in sprint track events and collecting medals in masters and Senior Games events since 2009, including a bronze and a silver at the 2017 Natio...
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Seventh Decade Stretch - September 2018 Athlete of the Month

Bonnie Strang,75, Millsboro Delaware Softball has the second-highest athlete participation of all sports in the National Senior Games. Since Bonnie Strang first entered Delaware Senior Olympics in 2007, she has become known as a talented and fierce competitor among Senior Games softball players. While Bonnie also enjoys playing badminton and pickleball in recent years, she got hooked on “America’s...
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The Old College Try - August 2018 Athlete of the Month

Ken Mink, 83, Maryville, Tennessee An often-heard joke among senior athletes after a good performance is, “Too bad you don’t have any college eligibility left.” Of course, no one takes it seriously, right? Basketballer Ken Mink did, setting a most unique sports record in the process. Ten years ago, at the age of 73, the longtime Senior Games participant stepped on the court with his Roane State Ra...
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07 October 2019
Athlete of the Month
James Jackson, 53, Denton, Texas It’s rare for a runner to win best overall times in both the 5K and 10K road races in a National Senior Gam...
01 October 2019
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The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) was honored to be presented the 22 nd Sterling Friendship Award at a gala event held on Septemb...
01 September 2019
Athlete of the Month
Alice Walker, 87, Chester, South Carolina Editor’s Note: NSGA is a partner to promoting National Falls Prevention Awareness Day each Septemb...
16 August 2019
Athlete of the Month
David Salazar, 69, Cedar Crest, New Mexico NSGA’s official highlights video from the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana sought t...