2019 Sterling Award Recipient - National Senior Games Association

22nd Annual Sterling Friendship Award Recipient National Senior Games Association

National Senior Games Association (NSGA) was established over three decades ago as a non-profit Multi-Sport Organization Council member of the United States Olympic Committee. NSGA promotes health and wellness for adults age 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. The organization governs the biennial National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport championship event in the world for seniors. NSGA is comprised of 54 Member Games across the U.S., Canada and Mexico that conduct qualifying competition events for the National Senior Games.

Past Sterling Friendship Award Winners

1998
Ray Meyer
Former DePaul University basketball coach
1999
The Honorable Virginia Macdonald
Former Illinois State Representative
2000
William Warfield
Grammy-Award-winning bass-baritone
2001
Harry Volkman
Longtime Chicagoland weather forecaster
2002
Art Linkletter
Nationally known radio and television personality
2003
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Psychologist, author, and television personality
2004
Willard Scott
NBC "Today" show weatherman and television personality
2005
Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs
Founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago
2006
Ruth Park
Schaumburg Civic Leader and co-founder of the Schaumburg Business Association
2007
Tom Jaeger
President Emeritus and Consulting Principal of Jaeger, Nickola & Associates Ltd., Architects
2008
Michael Madden
Director of the Schaumburg Township District Library
2009
Robert M. “Bob” Alston
CEO of Friendship Senior Options/Friendship Village
2010
Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson
Famed Chicago newsmen
2011
The Alexian Brothers
Catholic Order
2012
Al Larson
Mayor of Schaumburg, Illinois
2013
Merri Dee
Chicago community activist, WGN-TV anchor, author and AARP Illinois State President
2014
Jim Edgar
Former Governor of Illinois
2015
Larry Minnix
President and CEO of LeadingAge
2016
John and Rita Canning
Community leaders and renowned philanthropists
2017
AARP
American Association of Retired Persons
2018
Dr. Robyn I. Stone
Senior Vice President of Research for Leading Age

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