National Senior Games Virtual Steps Challenge

Celebrating the largest multi-sport qualified competition in the world for 50+ active agers.

The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has sought to engage its athletes and  friends in alternative activities to help them keep active during these challenging  pandemic times.  

NSGA, Own Your Own Health and the Louisiana Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness  and Sports collaborated on a successful virtual steps and physical activity challenge for  Senior Game Athletes and their friends. Virtually any daily activity can be converted into  steps using this program. 

To date, we have conducted two challenges, each organized with athletes competing for  their state against other state teams, and participation has grown. The most recent  challenge featured 46 teams, retaining 60% of early participants in comparison to the  30% usually observed in activity challenges. Good Job, Athletes! 

We are especially proud of the 111 participants (20%) who reached the milestone of  increasing their average daily steps. We also recognize the participation of veterans,  Paralympians and para-athletes who contributed to their State totals or to the National  Veterans Golden Age Games team.  

The top eight finishers along with their average team steps were: Louisiana, 2,022,269;  Hawaii, 1,475,555; Arkansas, 741,966; Maryland, 668, 379; Virginia, 506,089; Maine,  412,977; South Carolina, 401,237; and New Jersey with 400,263 respectively. The first  ever winner in the sponsor/partner team category goes to NSGA Partner Ageility/Five  Star with 208,913 steps.