May 7-11, 2017
The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The VA Challenges and encourages senior Veterans to be proactive in embracing a healthier lifestyle.
The games are open to Veterans, ages 55 or older, who receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The 2017 National Veterans Golden Games will be held
Sunday, May 7 – 11, 2017 in Biloxi, Mississippi
The 2016 NVGAG honored the Mr. Donald Starler as the 1st NVGAG Athlete Hall of Fame Inductee, in recognition of NVGAG athletes who have distinguished themselves and set an exemplary example while preparing for and during participation in the National Veterans Golden Age Games, by virtue of their performance as well as by meritorious efforts based on the following criteria: Sportsmanship, Dedication, Leadership and Active Healthy Lifestyle year-round.
The 2016 NVGAG honored the following national leaders in recognition of their dedication years of service to pave the way for senior Veterans to engage in rehabilitative sport and recreation competition year-round.
|BASKETBALL||3-on-3 Half Court (Exhibition)|
|BOCCIA||Singles, Doubles , Ambulatory, Wheelchair|
|BOWLING||Singles, Ambulatory, Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Divisions|
|GOLF||18 -Hole Scratch Play|
|HORSESHOES||Singles, Ambulatory, Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Divisions|
|NINE BALL||Singles, Ambulatory, Wheelchair Divisions|
|PICKELBALL||(Exhibition) Ambulatory, Wheelchair|
|POWERWALK||1/2 mile, 1 mile|
|SHUFFLEBOARD||Singles, Ambulatory, Wheelchair and Visually Impaired Divisions|
|SWIMMING||Backstroke: 25-, 50- Yard Freestyle: 25-, 50-Yard, Breaststroke 25- Yard|
|TABLE TENNIS||Singles, Ambulatory, Wheelchair Divisions|
|TRACK & FIELD||100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 Meter, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put|
For more information contact:
Jeanene.LeSure@va.gov or call (813) 903-4582.
If you are interested in learning more about the events, or to assist with preparations for the National Veterans Golden Games, follow the links below. The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the organizations listed here.
Air Rifle -USA Shooting
Badminton – USA Badminton
Boccia - USA Boccia
Bowling - United States Bowling Congress
Bowling -Wheelchair -American Wheelchair Bowling Association
Bowling -Visually Impaired American Blind Bowling Association
Cycling - USA Cycling
Field (Discus, Javelin, Shot Put) -USA Track & Field
Golf - United States Golf Association
Horseshoes - National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association
Horseshoes Visually impaired - United States Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association
Nine Ball - Billiard Congress of America
Shuffleboard- National Shuffleboard Association
Swimming - United States Masters Swimming, Inc.
Table Tennis - USA Table Tennis
Track- USA Track & Field
For questions regarding the NVGAG, please contact Jeanene LeSure or call (813) 903-4582.
Volunteers donating their time and talents are essential to the success of the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Several thousand opportunities will be available to help with everything from sporting events to hospitality services. Events will take place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center and surrounding community venues. Opportunities will also available to assist at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Biloxi hotels. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the volunteer shift.
Volunteer registration for the 2017 NVGAG will open this winter. Please continue to check this website for updates. We look forward to your support of our nation’s senior Veterans in Biloxi!