As presenting sponsor of the 2017 National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world for adults age 50 and older, Humana will honor 15 senior athletes as Humana Game Changers. These athletes hail from across the country, ranging in age from 60 to 94 years young. They will compete in a variety of sports at the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana from June 2-15 in Birmingham, Ala., including basketball, pickleball, swimming and track and field.
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The Humana Game Changers program recognizes National Senior Games athletes who exemplify healthy aging and provide encouragement, motivation and inspiration for all seniors to start with healthy.
For example, Zoltan Zsohar, a 70-year-old cyclist from Dallas, started exercising when he looked in the mirror and realized he was starting to look like some of his older coworkers. And Kathleen Fisken, a 75-year-old swimmer from Bethesda, Maryland, recently overcame a uterine cancer diagnosis and treatment to compete this year.
"When you find out you have cancer, it's important to have a goal in mind," Fisken said. "I was already registered to compete at the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, so having that goal in mind was extremely meaningful. Being recognized as a Humana Game Changer makes my journey and the upcoming competitions even more special."
The 2017 Humana Game Changers, who were selected among more than 10,400 athletes competing this year, are:
- Ileana Alvarez-Builla, 65, Miami, Florida; table tennis
- Glennon Bazzle, 74, Birmingham, Alabama; golf
- Fay Bond, 94, Oriental, North Carolina; track and field
- Irma Fay Bond, 67, Oriental, North Carolina; track and field
- Nancy Covington, 85, Clinton, Louisiana; horseshoes
- Kathleen Fisken, 75, Bethesda, Maryland; swimming
- Cory Hartbarger, 90, Asheville, North Carolina; track and field
- Hiro Moriyasu, 70, Los Angeles, California; table tennis
- Margaret Olawoye, 75, Chicago, Illinois; pickleball and track and field
- Rose Roylo, 88, Radcliff, Kentucky; bowling
- Robert Rusbosin, 65, Naples, Florida; basketball
- Dan Smith, 75, Weston, Ohio; shuffleboard
- Sylvia Smith, 74, Weston, Ohio; shuffleboard
- Chris Wallace, 60, Maricopa Arizona; track and field
- Zoltan Zsohar, 70, Dallas, Texas; cycling
"As presenting sponsor of the National Senior Games, we're proud to spotlight how people – at every age – can live an active and healthy lifestyle," said Humana Chief Consumer Officer Jody Bilney. "By providing encouragement, motivation and inspiration to others through their dedication to their sports and their health, as well as their tremendous athletic successes, these athletes positively redefine what it means to have a 'senior moment.'"
Since launching the program in 2013, Humana has recognized 48 athletes as Humana Game Changers. Stories, photos and more information can be found at http://humananews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/HumanaGameChangers.pdf.
Humana has been the presenting sponsor of the National Senior Games since 2007. More information about the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana can be found at www.nsga.com.
Humana to Live Stream National Senior Games
Humana will host Facebook Live sessions during the 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana that will feature event competitions and interviews with Humana Game Changers and other standout athletes and special guests. Humana Facebook followers can watch these live streams June 7-10.