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“If you want to be old, you’re old.” - December 2019 Athlete of the Month

Bob Messersmith, 86, San Juan Capistrano, California Bob Messersmith has built a senior basketball dynasty. The teams he has organized and coached have won the California Senior Games championship 18 out of 20 years. His Team USA has dominated National Senior Games in five age categories over the past two decades, most recently capturing gold in the Men’s 85+ division in 2019. Remarkably, the 86-y...
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Kneed for Speed - November 2019 Athlete of the Month

Kathy Meares, 72, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Kathy Meares has never needed to be told to go out and play, and her youth was filled with sports. Growing up before Title IX, the Louisiana native did not have the opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship, but she avidly competed in intramural volleyball and softball at LSU and transitioned to tennis, racquetball and recreational running as an adult. Th...
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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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Another Honor for NSGA: The Sterling Friendship Award

The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) was honored to be presented the 22 nd Sterling Friendship Award at a gala event held on September 27 in Chicago. CEO Marc T. Riker was on hand to accept the award. The Sterling Friendship Award annually honors an individual or group making an extraordinary impact on their community while embodying the highest ideals of aging with grace. The event raised...
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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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Breaking Good in Albuquerque: 17 American and 185 National Senior Games Records Fall in Spirited 2019 Competition

Track & Field elite Kathy Bergen leads the way with eight high marks ALBUQUERQUE, NM, June 25, 2019 - As the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana ends competition today, more than 202 new records have set a higher bar for future competition. In addition to 17 pending new American records, 185 National Senior Games records were shattered by 124 athletes in eight sports including track...
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2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana Boasts Record-High Athlete Attendance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 10, 2019  Event will showcase #RealSeniorMoments of healthy, active aging ALBUQUERQUE, NM - New Mexico has 13,712 reasons to be excited this summer. That’s the number of athletes age 50 and over who will compete in 20 medal sports at the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana taking place in Albuquerque June 14-25. This represents an all-time high participation ...
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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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2019 National Senior Games Presented by Humana Smashes Athlete Participation Record

13,712 registrations exceed 2017 number by 30 Percent ALBUQUERQUE – The largest Olympic-style multisport event for people over 50 just got larger. The 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana, which will be held in Albuquerque June 14 – 25, has the most registered athletes in the 32-year history of the event. Additionally, New Mexico is the number one state for athletes registered. With all ...
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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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Greater Fort Lauderdale Announced as Host For The 2021 National Senior Games presented by Humana

Significant economic impact expected from massive Olympic-style event FORT LAUDERDALE, March 19 – Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been awarded the bid to host the 2021 National Senior Games Presented by Humana, the largest multi-sport championship event in the world for adults 50 and over. The announcement was made today at a gathering of key supporters, media and local senior athletes held a...
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Quiet Courage

Bonnie Coleman, 64, Bernalillo, New Mexico “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill When we asked New Mexico Senior Olympics to recommend a female athlete who exemplifies the journey to persevere through obstacles and challenges to enjoy their own optimum health and wellness, Bonnie Coleman was their immediate choice. She was n...
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07 December 2019
Athlete of the Month
Bob Messersmith, 86, San Juan Capistrano, California Bob Messersmith has built a senior basketball dynasty. The teams he has organized and c...
05 November 2019
Athlete of the Month
Kathy Meares, 72, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Kathy Meares has never needed to be told to go out and play, and her youth was filled with sports. ...
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
News and Events
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) was honored to be presented the 22 nd Sterling Friendship Award at a gala event held on Septemb...