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“When I walk, I think about my tribe - I think about the youth”

Ralph Paytiamo, 81, Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Ralph Paytiamo is proud of his heritage. With history dating back 2,000 years, New Mexico’s Acoma Pueblo is said by many to be the longest continuously inhabited community in America. While many traditions and cultural practices have survived and there are many strong and wise members to carry their ways forward, the tribe also struggles with many chall...
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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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2019 Annual Conference Energizes Association

Gathering learns and shares about improving Games, promoting health and wellness The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) hosted its 2019 Annual Conference from January 23-26 in Louisville, Kentucky, providing a central location for its Board of Directors, Member Games, partners, and vendors to gather, learn and exchange ideas in advance of June’s 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana...
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Family Matters

Hope Casias, 76, San Antonio, Texas Sports offers the individual many rewards through setting goals, training and competition. It provides exercise with a purpose, and brings the added benefit of camaraderie among athletes who share the same experiences. Team sports provide an even deeper connection and the added satisfaction that comes from working together. For Hope Casias, playing volleyball is...
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Love Finds A Way to Hit the Mark

Ron Gauvin, 60 & Patti Gauvin, 58, Milton, New Hampshire When Ron Gauvin enters an archery competition, it’s quickly noticed that something special is going on beyond shooting arrows. Despite balance challenges and a paralyzed right arm, Ron manages to get to the line and let fly using a stabilizer bar and a special strap attached to the string that allows him to release using his mouth. Click...
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A Message of Hope

Don Wright, 78, Stillwater, Minnesota Don Wright is literally running for his life. The Minnesota native enjoyed many successful years as an engineer, attorney and father of three. He ran cross country in high school, but career demands kept him from regular exercise and his weight grew as he approached 60. His brother-in-law and wife were runners who got Don’s wife Ardis involved, and in turn she...
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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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85-Year-Old Massachusetts Senior Athlete Receives Personal Best Award

FALMOUTH, MA – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) visited the recent Massachusetts Council on Aging (NCOA) annual conference to make a workshop presentation highlighted with recognition of 85-year-old Amy Hicks as the first senior athlete from the state to be honored with the its “ Personal Best Award.” Hicks also received a congratulatory citation signed by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt...
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“If you don’t move it, you will rust”

Amy Hicks, 85, Needham, Massachusetts All athletes have aches and injuries that inevitably come with athletic competition, and that is especially true for senior athletes over an extended time. Some, like Amy Hicks, have also had to overcome medical challenges that often bring careers to an end, but she has learned to persevere and even excel while living with severe arthritis for decades. The nat...
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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 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...