1985 in St. Louis, MO, a group of seven men and women formed
the original leadership for what was initially known as the National Senior
Olympics Organization (NSOO). The vision: to promote healthy lifestyles for
adults through education, fitness and sport.
the fall of 1985 they hosted a meeting of individuals who were currently
conducting games for seniors in their 33 states. That group planned the first
National Senior Olympic Games, held in 1987 in St. Louis. The games were a great success
with 2,500 competitors. The NSOO was formalized during the games with a Board
of Directors elected, articles of incorporation filed in the State of Missouri and by-laws
adopted. Over 100,000 spectators viewed the first Games ceremonies featuring
Bob Hope at the St. Louis Riverfront Arch.
Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the
largest multi- sport event in the world for seniors.The
NSGA exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active
adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.