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Eleanor Pendergraft, 80, Johnson City, Tennessee

Standing Up to MS Eight years ago, Eleanor Pendergraft pondered her fate. She had been disabled for 25 years with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. A walker, wheelchair or motorized scooter was her only means of getting around. Her neurologist said she would never get any better. Undaunted, Eleanor decided to join a nearby fitness club and start...
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HUMANA Heroes: June 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jane Katz, 73 New York City, New York Like Father, Like Daughter Dr. Jane Katz has made a lot of waves in her field. She earned her doctorate degree in gerontology and geriatrics from Columbia University and is nationally recognized as an educator, aquatics innovator and author of 14 books on swimming, fitness, and water exercise. She has taught water fitness to thousands at the City University of...
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Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick, 71 Shelby Township, Michigan

While all Senior Games athletes strive to perform at their best, the reasons vary as to what motivates them. Some still have the burning desire to win and earn medals, while others seek to maintain health and vitality, to set goals, to measure and compete against themselves over time, or simply to enjoy participating in sport and the camaraderie found in The Games. In truth, the motivation is usua...
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Greeley, Colorado

The 2016 Personal Best health and wellness initiative took to the road with a presentation to 60-year-old Colorado athlete Tom McAdam at the Celebration of Athletes kickoff event for the 39th annual Rocky Mountain Senior Games held in Greeley, Colorado. After introductions by RMSG President and NSGA Board Vice Chair Kate Amack (shown in award photo), CEO Marc T. Riker told assembled athletes and s...
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The Long Run - May 2016

NSGA and Department of Veterans Affairs Ramping Up Non-Ambulatory Sport Clinics Beginning with the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana, non-ambulatory event categories for bowling, horseshoes and shuffleboard are now offered to broaden the opportunities for senior athletes of all abilities.   In 2014, NSGA was awarded a grant from the Department of Veterans Affai...
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HUMANA Heroes: May 2016 Athlete of the Month

Jerry Lindsay, 79 Las Vegas, Nevada Roll Playing Sooner or later, Jerry Lindsay finds himself in the middle of the action. “I’ve always been blessed with the ability to make friends and get along with people,” he tells us. “I guess it comes naturally to me.” The Los Angeles native, who as a youth ran track and played football in high school, earned a scholarship to Pepperdine University, and worke...
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HUMANA Heroes: April 2016 Athlete of the Month

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, 56 Washington, DC Author Finds Athlete Within You often hear how writers express the desire to be immersed in their subject, but usually it’s not taken literally. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, a best-selling author and career journalist who reported for National Public Radio from 1998 to 2014, had no idea she would competing in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana...
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HUMANA Heroes: March 2016 Athlete of the Month

Harold Vealey, 77 Charleston, West Virginia Most Interesting When the West Virginia Generals men’s 75-79 basketball team won a hard-fought gold medal in the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana, the players celebrated another accomplishment: four of the five teammates played for the same high school in Charleston six decades ago. Asked how it felt to triumph over a field of 15 competitiv...
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Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins National Senior Games Foundation

BATON ROUGE, La. (March 15, 2016) - The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is pleased to welcome former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin as a new Trustee for the NSGA Foundation. Benjamin, who served as the 18th United States Surgeon General from 2009-2013, was unanimously approved to join the foundation board by the NSGA Board of Directors at its recent annual meeting. The NSGA Foun...
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HUMANA Heroes: February 2016 Athlete of the Month