The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has released the dates for the 2023 National Senior Games presented by Humana, scheduled for Pittsburgh. The massive, multi-sport championship event for adults 50 and older will be held in the City of Champions July 7-18, 2023.
The Games will be hosted by SportsPITTSBURGH, a division of VisitPITTSBURGH. P3R, the Official Event Management Partner of SportsPITTSBURGH, will coordinate local operations of the Games.
While Pittsburgh hosted the National Senior Games once before in 2005, both the city and the event have grown. The 2022 Games, set for Greater Fort Lauderdale May 10-23, will have more than 11,900 athletes competing in 20 sports, the third largest in its 35-year history. The 2019 National Senior Games set an all-time participation record with nearly 14,000 athletes in Albuquerque, so organizers are optimistic about having a high turnout in 2023.
“The fact that we have so many coming back after all of the challenges and difficulties brought by the pandemic is a testimony to the resolve of our great athletes,” commented NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker. “Pittsburgh will see many more athletes than our first visit in 2005, and our participants are going to be impressed by all of the new developments and the can-do spirit of the city.”
“Pittsburgh has solidified its position as a major sports and travel destination, and our entire community is eager to welcome back the National Senior Games in 2023,” SportsPITTSBURGH Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins said. “This biennial event is expected to draw more than 30,000 visitors to our region next year and could generate upwards of $35 million in economic impact. We’re thrilled to provide our community with the chance to again play host to a prestigious national event as we welcome the best senior athletes in the country back to Pittsburgh.”
The 2023 Games logo also was released, and the image highlights the city’s fame for having many bridges. “We will share the message that pursuing active lifestyles can be a bridge to longer and healthier lives,” Riker said. “Our athletes show proof of that.”
Sport action will be spread around the area, but the main hub of activity will be the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, where several sports will be contested, and athletes and the public will gather and relax in The Athlete Village expo area. All competitions and events will be free and open to the public.
“We are excited to use our event planning expertise to ensure that all Senior Games athletes have a first-class experience from start to finish,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sports facilities and all the other great amenities that our city offers.”
“Though the 2022 Games are just next month, the energy for the 2023 Games is already building in Pittsburgh,” Hawkins added. “Together with P3R and our marketing colleagues, we aim to provide the athletes with iconic experiences, both on and off the play fields, and show them and their families all the memorable and exciting experiences and attractions they can see, do and find Only in Pittsburgh.”
Competition is for athletes 50 and older and organized in five-year age divisions with medals awarded for each level. Traditionally held on odd-numbered years, the National Senior Games also requires athletes to first qualify at one of 52 Member Games spread across the country in the previous year. The Pennsylvania Senior Games is the state’s qualifying event and will be held July 22-31, 2022, in greater Luzerne County.
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a nonprofit Florida corporation that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. NSGA is an Affiliate Organization Council Member of the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee and governs the biennial National Senior Games, the largest qualified multi-sport event in the world. The Association is comprised of 52 independent Member Games that conduct qualifying competition events. The 2022 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held May 10-23,2022 in Greater Fort Lauderdale.For more information, please visit NSGA.com.
As a division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh, the “City of Champions,” is dedicated to hosting events that make public health and safety top priorities. For more information, visit sportspittsburgh.com.
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