Personal Best

Be Your Personal Best...FOR LIFE!

There’s a new definition of “personal best” that anyone can achieve. It’s not about a peak time or distance in sports. It’s about overcoming obstacles, surviving challenges and staying motivated throughout your life. This results in greater longevity and a healthy, active lifestyle – and that is your Personal Best!

Personal Best Archive

Personal Best “Class of 2016” Athletes

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Bismarck, North Dakota

Clermont, Florida


Tom McAdam, 60

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Johnson City, Tennessee

Whitewater, Wisconsin


Personal Best “Class of 2015” Athletes

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Casper, Wyoming

"Of Mentors,
Mountains and

Atlanta, Georgia

Milford, Pennsylvania

“Cycling Away
From Cancer"

Las Vegas, Nevada



The Villages, Florida

2015 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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Biloxi, Mississippi   Clearwater, Florida
Evansville, Indiana  
Rochester, Michigan    
Las Vegas, Nevada    

Personal Best “Class of 2014” Athletes

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San Antonio, Texas

Largo, Florida

Midland, North Carolina

“Targeting the Heart”

New Greenwich, Connecticut

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Riverside, California

“going great lengths"

St. Louis, Missouri

“by the numbers"

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“full cycle"

2014 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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Minneapolis, Minnesota   Albuquerque, New Mexico
Portland, Maine   Woodbridge, New Jersey
Pasadena, California    
Columbia, Missouri    

Personal Best “Class of 2013” Athletes

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Cleveland, Ohio

Houston, Texas

Frankfort, Kentucky

“I’m Better”

Annapolis, Maryland

Pencil Me In

San Anselmo, California

“I perspire to inspire”

Hastings, Iowa

Beating the Odds


San Antonio, Texas

“if you build it,
they will come”
Fairfax Station, Virginia

"a team dream
come true"
Washington D.C.

"tending his 
Accokeek, Maryland

"making up for lost time 
Ft. Jackson, South Carolina

"fit to serve"
Phoenix, Arizona

"color me joyful"
River Forrest, Illinois

Hartville, Ohio

"the art and science
 of a successful life"
Salt Lake City, Utah

"unexpected gains"
Kinston, North Carolina 
Youngsville, North Carolina

"family extended"

2013 Personal Best Tour Blogs

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San Antonio, Texas               Chicago, Illinois
Washington D.C. Canton, Ohio
Fort Jackson, South Carolina Cleveland, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona St. George, Utah
Greenville, North Carolina

Personal Best Archive

The NSGA Personal Best Tour

Each year we take to the road to promote opportunities for 50+ adults to get moving and to participate in local, state and national senior games. We introduce 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 as we post blog entries recapping our Personal Best Tour events throughout the year beginning in April!

Previous 2016 Tour Stops and Blogs:

Greeley, Colorado  
Franklin, Tennessee  
Milwaukee, Wisconsin    


Personal Best Tour - September 10, 2016, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In Photo: Don Hoeppner is congratulated for his Personal Best Award by NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker, along with Wisconsin Senior Olympics President John White (left) and Executive Director Mollie Bartelt.

NSGA visited the swimming competitions for the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics at Shorewood VHE Community Pool to present a Personal Best Award to 85-year-old Don Hoeppner, who was described in his profile feature as “a man who never met a sport he didn’t like.”

“Our recognition program has profiled people from many backgrounds. We’ve found that the majority decide to pick up a sport in midlife to enjoy greater health and the social experience,” NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker told the poolside audience numbering more than 125 athletes and supporters. “Don has always stayed active and been involved in sports, which is reflected in the excellent quality of life he continues to enjoy. He inspires others of all ages to become more active to improve their own lives.”

Don has not missed any of the Wisconsin state games since he began in his 50s and has played most of the sports offered over nearly three decades. He has competed in all but two National Senior Games as well. “I am not the best of the best, but I sure do enjoy participating in all of these sports,” he remarked. “You have to work at it, but to be able to do this and meet so many others doing the same thing is all worth it.”

As always, Riker and NSGA PR staffer Del Moon enjoyed meeting many of the Wisconsin athletes at the pool, and also managed to catch up with shuffleboard and table tennis activity during the visit. Here’s some of the great folks we met:

64-year-old Gary Pinter shares how he found Senior Games in 2006, lost 50 pounds and has kept it off through swimming and triathlon. Gary is an eager ambassador for Wisconsin Senior Olympics and has been the subject of several newspaper and television stories.

First-time competitor Gloria Boileau was classy and pretty in purple at the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics. Gloria entered several events and uplifted everyone with her enthusiasm and color.

Majan "Mario" Marcianiak (left) and Bob Fasciang schooled Marc and Del in a pickup game of shuffleboard after qualifying action had completed. Bob, who will be 90 when he goes to Birmingham next June, won national gold medals in Hampton Roads in 2003 and Pittsburgh in 2005.

We enjoyed watching two top table tennis players face off. Ladislav "Lasso" Sranko, left, took gold in mixed doubles and doubles play and added a silver in the 60-64 men's singles action at the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana held in Minnesota last year. Jacek "Jack" Odoner gave Lasso all he could handle. Both are major promoters with the Milwaukee Table Tennis Club. Play was fast-paced, and this shot was as close as we could get to freezing the ball in motion.

Steve "The Homer" True is a longtime sports media icon in Milwaukee who currently holds court with a regular talk show on ESPN 540 AM. This year he decided to dust off his paddle and jump into the action at the 2016 Wisconsin Senior Olympics. Homer still has some good moves. Not too shabby Steve!