- SDSGA HISTORY
How it all began…
Before the San Diego Senior Games came to be, the first stirrings of a national organization began in St Louis, MO in 1985. A group of seven men and women formed what was initially known as the National Senior Olympics Association and hosted a meeting of individuals from 33 states who were already conducting games for seniors. That group planned the first National Senior Olympic Games, held in 1987 at the St. Louis Riverfront Arch.
With 2,500 competitors, more than 100,000 spectators and legendary comedian and actor, Bob Hope, as part of the ceremonies, the first games were a great success.
The following year, 1988, Sam Cohen, Director of Physical Education at the East County Jewish Community Center, organized the first San Diego Senior Olympics. That year, 143 athletes entered the games in nine different sports. The following year, 295 athletes participated. By 1990, 452 athletes had joined the competition.
Incorporated in 1992 as a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, the San Diego Senior Games Association (SDSGA) is a community-based organization whose mission is to: “Encourage senior adults, aged 50 or older, to carry on vigorous lives by developing and maintaining high levels of physical activity and mental fitness through regular participation in sports, fitness, and health education activities.”
- SDSGA TODAY
The Games today…
The San Diego Senior Games is the only organization in San Diego that offers older adults the opportunity to compete in multiple Olympic-style sporting events. Athletes compete in age categories of five-year increments: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 89-94, 94-99, etc.
The National Senior Games Association recognizes 19 Sports, however each region can have additional exhibition sports to include more athletes. Winners of exhibition games receive a medal and a T-shirt, but cannot advance to the state or national games. Athletes finishing first, second, or third in their age group, receive a gold, silver or bronze medal, respectively.
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SDSGA relies on the generosity of the San Diego Community in terms of its Fund Raising efforts. Please be generous if asked to make a donation and let us know of any business owners that you think would be a good fit for our Corporate Sponsorship Packages.
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- SDSGA LEADERSHIP BOARD
Board of Directors:
- Suzie Korth
- James Pauley
- Charles Johnson
Executive Director and Games Commissioner
- Kirsten Cummings