Personal Best Tour Blogs
Each year since 2013 we have visited selected states to promote the Personal Best program. We introduce some of our Personal Best Award athletes who are examples of healthy aging on and off the field. Our goal is to inspire others to action and show that “It’s Never Too Late to Get in the Game.”
Follow along a...s we post blog entries recapping our Personal Best Tour events and some of the sport action and other athletes that we meet during our visits. Make sure to read all of the inspiring athlete features on the Personal Best page!
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Pasadena, California

What could be better than having an Olympic swimming legend attend an award presentation to honor an amateur Senior Games swimmer? John Naber, who dominated the 1976 Olympics with five medals, found a way. NSGA honored 67 year old Vivian Stancil of Riverside with a Personal Best Award during the California State Senior Games athlete celebration at the Pasadena Senior Center. Vivian was a foster ch...
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Portland, Maine

Pictured to the left Becky Dube (left) with Martin's Point Health Care congratulates Maine Senior Games Coordinator Jo Dill as recipient of their inaugural Medallion Award, while Jerry LeVassaseur displays his Personal Best Award presented by NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker. An enthusiastic throng of Mainers joined to honor 76 year old senior athlete Jerry Levasseur of Brunswick with our "Personal Best Awa...
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 2014 Personal Best Tour kicked off with a reception at The NSGA Annual Conference where 80 year old tennis player Ruby Rott (pronounced "wrote") of St. Paul was introduced to attendees who manage state Senior Games around the nation. An official presentation event for public and media will be held during the Minnesota Senior Games in August, but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to give a sn...
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Greenville, North Carolina

Talk about a "family affair!" Bonds of affection and dedication could be felt throughout our visit to Greenville, and it went well beyond our Personal Best award presentation to 80 year old Fran Allison and her 56 year old daughter Jackie, made during a break in competition at the 20th annual North Carolina Senior Games Basketball Championships held at East Carolina University's Student Recreation...
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St. George, Utah

The spirit of perseverance, overcoming obstacles and offering a role model to others are key aspects of NSGA's new definition of personal best. These are common traits with most senior athletes, and they show it in myriad ways. Case in point: John Morgan, Jr., the latest athlete featured when the Personal Best Tour visited The Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker...
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Cleveland, Ohio

There were so many reasons to have our 7 th  event in Cleveland during the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Six athletes featured on our web page were not included in the tour and deserved to have their Personal Best Award moment. It was an opportunity to share a multimedia recap the tour to date and invite as many of the featured athletes to be introduced again. It was also a ...
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Canton, Ohio

Two days after we rocked Chicago with a Jim Peterik mini-concert, we rolled into Canton, Ohio where a celebrity from the sports world hopped on our tour event. The occasion was the Hall of Fame Senior Olympics and State Games Kick Off Breakfast held under a large tent next to the venerable Pro Football Hall of Fame, and despite the early start there was plenty of energy coming from the 150+ athlet...
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Chicago, Illinois

Our tour continues to show variety both in our athlete stories and in the guests that come out to support our message. In addition to honoring Bob O’Connor of River Forest with a "Personal Best Award," our Chicago press conference at the swank Ritz-Carlton also celebrated the rock and roll theme of the National Senior Games Presented by Humana taking place in Cleveland. Grammy winner and Chicago a...
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Phoenix, Arizona

"Joyful" best described our gathering in Phoenix, and when you read Elli Edgar's Personal Best profile you will understand why. Elli has put cancer and other setbacks in the rear view mirror and finds joy in every day and every person she encounters. The event at Phoenix City Hall was set up to be a news conference but ended up as a celebration. More than 20 other Arizona Senior Olympians going to...
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Jackson, South Carolina

Fort Jackson near Columbia was already bustling with activity as it celebrated Armed Forces Day with an annual retiree weekend including a 5K run and health expo. The sprawling U.S. Army base is famed for its tradition of training, so the fitness message of NSGA's Personal Best Tour fell right in line with the activities as we showcased Col. Jamie Houston, a career Army dentist who commands the "D...
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Washington, D.C.

The historic Howard Theater was the setting for the Opening Ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the DC Senior Games. More than 250 athletes, family members, recreation and sports professionals turned out to hear Mayor Gray and other dignitaries express the importance of senior fitness in the nation's capital. "Bring home the gold," Mayor Vincent Gray exhorted. "Make us proud!" The gathering showe...
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San Antonio, Texas

We didn’t expect a chilly morning in San Antonio, but the Personal Best Tour was given a warm reception at the opening ceremony for the Texas State Senior Games. More than 325 energetic seniors converged on O.P. Schnabel Park to celebrate the beginning of the annual games and to take to the park trails for a fitness walk after the ceremony. The majority of attendees came from and active adult comm...
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Athlete of the Month
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