What is the National Senior Games?

21 April 2017

What is the National Senior Games?


Originially known as the National Senior Olympics Organization (NSOO), the National Senior Games began back in 1985 by a group if seven men and woman from St. Louis, MO. The group formed the games with the vision of promoting "heathy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness and sport."

The first NSOO was held in 1987 in St. Louis after two years of planning by 33 individuals who were at the time, conducting games desigend for seniors in their own states. With a total of 2,500 participants, 100,000 spectators and Bob Hope feautred at the St. Louis Riverfront Arch, the first NSOO was a total success. During the games, the "NSOO was formalized and a board of directors was elected, articles of incorporation were filed in the State of Missouri and by-laws were adopted."

In 1989, the second NSOO took place in St. Louis and had 3,500 seniors participate in the games. The games were also covered by the New York Times, ESPN and Good Morning America.

Due to the United States Olympic Committee objecting the use of the term "olympic" in the NSOO's title, an agreemment was made in 1990 to change the NSOO's name to U.S. National Senior Sports Organization.

"The group then began working under the name National Senior Games Association (NSGA). The organization continued to name its signature event the National Senior Games - The Senior Olympics and, through a grandfather clause, States that were using the name Senior Olympics at the time of the USOC agreement were allowed to continue that privilege."

Today, the NSGA is a non-profit that is fully dedicated to encouraging and motivating adults to live healthier lifestyles and be active. The non-profit does this through its "19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over," which is the "largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors."



*All information is credited to the NSGA.



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