Presidents Message Spring 2013

By Don Kjelleren – Board President

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved currently and in the past with the Vermont Senior Games Association as we celebrate our 30th year of presenting our state championship games!! Vermont is one of the oldest members of the NSGA, and has had a long history of successfully serving the over 50 year old community. We all can be very thankful for Ardis Smith who kept the VSGA up and running for most of these years. I am proud to be your current president and pleased to serve with our outstanding Board of Directors in leading the VSGA into the next 30 years.

Our most exciting news is we have just entered into an agreement with MVP Health Care to be our exclusive major sponsor of our games. The substantial MVP grant will be used for developing wide-spread awareness of the VSGA, and to assist our sports coordinators in growing their sports. I am thrilled and appreciative with this new sponsorship, and look forward to an outstanding partnership between the VSGA and MVP Health Care.

This copy of the Vital Times! is our registration issue. Presented are the 2013 games, venues, dates, and registration information. Go to our web site for additional information and to register on line. Our goal is to grow our games registrations in 2013 by 25%, so I hope everyone who reads this newsletter will participate in the 2013 games in some way. Please spread the word and tell your friends about the VSGA.

Thirty-seven Vermont athletes will be traveling to Cleveland this summer to compete in the NSGA National Summer games championships. This is the largest representation anyone can recall going to Nationals from Vermont. We will report their results on our web site and in the next issue of Vital Times. Good Luck Vermont Athletes!!

The success of our games depends on many volunteers. If you would like to be a VSGA volunteer please let me, Barbara Jordan, or one of our sports coordinators know of your interest. I remain very interested in having some woman’s basketball teams. I know there are lots of ladies in Vermont who have played and enjoyed basketball in high school and college. Please give Bob Willey a call if you would like to renew your “basketball career” and play on a 3 on 3 women’s team. Softball men’s and woman’s teams is the largest event at Nationals. For many states it is also their largest event. We are working on adding softball to our list of sports. If you are interested in playing and/or forming a men’s or women’s softball team please contact Barbara Jordan at 658-4486.

With the great snow conditions our 2013 winter games were a big success. We have some plans in the works to add some features to make next year’s Nordic and Alpine events even more fun. I was very pleased with the turn-out for the weight lifting championships. We have some very strong athletes who enjoyed a very good competition.

Our MOVE for Well-being initiative is off to an outstanding start. The number of participants is growing nicely as well as the number of minutes of physical activity reported. The MFW committee is busy contacting the age 50+ community and encouraging participation in the program. I cannot stress enough the benefits of regular physical activity. If you are looking for a way to have fun, fellowship, and be motivated by having a goal, the MOVE program is for you. Go to the MOVE web site to learn about the program and to sign-up at

We’re Looking forward to seeing you at the games; let’s make this our best year ever! The VSGA is fun– fellowship– fitness!