You have to watch out for Howard Hall, he’ll sneak up on you. The retired Army veterinarian rediscovered his love of sports when he retired, and before long ole Howard was racking up the medals in local, state and national senior games. He’s collected at least 600 to date, but he lost count. Besides, for Howard, it’s the ongoing athletic journey, the people he meets at competitions and the places he gets to go that make for his personal best.
Ask him how he’s doing and he replies “I’m better,” hoping folks will ask if he’s been sick. When they usually fall for his trap, he gleefully responds “No, I’m just getting better and better every day.” He’s also been better than a lot of his peers in several senior sports and has his eye on a trip to Cleveland for the 2013 National Senior Games Presented by Humana. Watch out, fellas, here he comes again!
Ole Howard, he proved once again he is a sneaky one. As luck would have it, Howard had track and swimming events that prevented him from coming to our July 24th Personal Best event. So we came up with a plan: NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker and Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, would go out to the track and field venue the following day and surprise Howard with his Personal Best award right after his 3 pm discus competition.
When the NSGA entourage arrived Howard was nowhere to be found. Then came a call from his daughter – Howard got tired of waiting around and scurried over to the swimming venue to compete in two events there and was on his way back to the track stadium for the 100 meter dash with a gold swimming medal in hand.
In the end, we were able to prove we could be sneakier than Howard. As soon as he caught his breath from a silver medal 100 meter track performance we ambushed the Kentuckian on the track with his award while fans gathered along the fence cheered.
Good luck in 2015 Howard. We expect you to scoop up another armload of medals along the way!