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The National Seniors Games Association (NSGA) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary at their 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana, to be hosted in Birmingham, Alabama from June 2-15, 2017. 

The Games are a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over and is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.

The NSGA is sharing its history, images, stories and profiles of organizers and athletes who have contributed to The Senior Games Movement through the years.

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Fast Facts

The Games

  • Begun in 1987 and held every other year, The National Senior Games is the largest multi-sport qualified competition event in the world for men and women 50 and older.
  • Event is governed by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA), a Multi-Sports Council Member of the United States Olympic Committee.
  • More than 10,000 athletes and an additional 20,000 family and friends are projected to attend.
  • 2,500 volunteers from the host region will help stage this massive event.
  • In 2013, The Games generated in excess of $36 million in direct economic impact for Cleveland, Ohio. The 2015 Games in Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul experienced a similar tourism benefit.
  • All competition and ancillary events are free and open to the public to enjoy.

Sport Information

  • More than 800 events will be contested over two weeks at sport venues throughout the region.
  • 19 Medal Sports: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Race Walk, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon and Volleyball
  • Judo will be held as a Demonstration Sport.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and 4th-8th place ribbons are awarded for each age division event.

Age Divisions

  • Individual sports – male and female divisions compete in five year increments, ages 50 through 100+
  • Team sports – male and female divisions compete in five year increments, ages 50 through 80+
  • Some sports feature mixed doubles play.


  • Participants are required to qualify in one of 51 NSGA sanctioned Member State Games during 2016; 30,000+ athletes are expected to qualify in these games.

Ancillary Events

The Village

  • The Village is the daytime hub of activity where athletes check in and all visitors can enjoy exhibits, activities and entertainment in a festive atmosphere. It is open and free to the public to attend. The 2017 Village will be located at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Flame Arrival Ceremony

  • All are welcome to celebrate the official start to The Games as the torch flame arrives and ignites the ceremonial cauldron on the first night of The Games.

Celebration of Athletes

  • This is a combination opening and closing ceremony held in the middle of the event schedule that celebrates the achievements of the athletes. Here is where the pageantry happens, including a stirring Parade of Athletes and a warm welcome is extended by the host cities, celebrities and dignitaries.


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