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2021 National Veterans Golden Age Games at HomeVet from Fresno

During Older Americans Month, nearly 500 Veterans 55 years of age and older participated in a series of sport challenges and competitions allowing them to continue in the spirit of the NVGAG and show their athleticism “at Home!” With their energy and passion for “Fitness for Life,” Veterans proved they will keep going the distance to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Veterans competed in nine medaled events, including air rifle, basketball free throw, disc golf, cycling (5k and 20k), powerwalk, bowling, and track and field.

Here’s Air Force and OEF/OIF Veteran Dennis Linn, representing VA Black Hills Health Care System, going all out in the discus competition.

The results are in!

“Click here for NVGAG at Home Results…”

Schedule of Events

Plan to Attend the Virtual Expo & More 

Virtual Lobby

June 15-18 Virtual Expo: Just like our NVGAG in-person Health & Wellness Expo, we will feature a virtual expo for the very first time this year that allows attendees to browse through and engage with various exhibitors from VA and beyond! Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and other attendees via live chat, chat rooms, one-on-one scheduling, Q&A, on-demand webinars and other amazing features! We have over 25 exhibitors virtually “staged” and ready for you to visit their booth….online! Visit the Virtual Expo booth and click HERE.

For all virtual opportunities, click here:

Let’s Celebrate! 

Parade of Athletes

Join us on June 14 at 6 p.m. EST on Facebook live as we celebrate during the Parade of Athletes.

Join us on June 28 at 6 p.m. EST on Facebook live as we officially wrap the 2021 Games and prepare for the 2022 Games with the Passing of the Torch.



For more information, follow this link to email the NVGAG National Staff


Email Updates

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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.

BASKETBALL  National Collegiate Athletic Association
BOWLING United States Bowling Congress

American Wheelchair Bowling Association

Visually Impaired American Blind Bowling Association

DISC GOLF  Professional Disc Golf Association
GOLF United States Golf Association
HORSESHOES National Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association
NINE BALL Billiard Congress of America
PICKELBALL  USA Pickleball Association
POWER WALK United States Power Walk Association
SHUFFLEBOARD National Shuffleboard Association
SWIMMING United States Masters Swimming, Inc.
TRACK & FIELD  USA Track & Field


Sponsorship Information:

We invite you to be a part of this exciting national event by becoming an individual or corporate/organizational sponsor. Committed financial, in-kind and volunteer support through our local and national sponsorships are essential in providing a memorable experience for those Veterans participating in the Games. Information on how to become a sponsor for the 2022 NVGAG will be posted when that information is available.

Annual National Sponsor:

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

VCS is proud to be a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a self-sustaining entity, VCS provides merchandise and services to Veterans enrolled in VA’s Health Care System, their families, caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. We are honored to “give back” to the VA through many programs established for the health and well-being of our nation’s heroes. Revenues generated from VCS are used to support a variety of Veteran programs.

Health & Wellness Expo:

The annual National Veterans Golden Age Games Health & Wellness Expo promotes our motto of “Fitness for Life” to approximately 800 senior American Veterans and many VA clinicians who attend the Games. The Expo enhances the athlete experience and provides you with an interactive opportunity to feature a sampling of various demonstrations, displays and products that can help our senior Veterans maintain their active lifestyles.

Volunteers donating their time and talents are essential to the success of the National Veterans Golden Age Games.

Join FANS IN THE STANDS for the 2021 NVGAG at Home! Click here to join.

Here’s how you can support our athletes through encouragement and promotion of the NVGAG at Home. Click on the Registration tab to select one or all of the following initiatives.


  • Post a :10 to :15 second video. Simply upload short video to the site once you register and we will share on @Sports4Vets social media.
  • Think anything positive that will motivate Veterans to continue to embrace the NVGAG “Fitness for life” motto. Show appreciation for their service and help motivate athletes to compete at top levels. Videos can be messages of encouragement, telling Veterans how they are doing a great job. Sample video attached. 


  • Use your creative skills to create and share a cheer card to support Veteran athletes as they compete in the 2021 NVGAG at Home. Sample cheer card pictured below.


  • Like. Comment. Share. Post. on @Sports4Vets social media outlets via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Remember to use the hashtag #NVGAGatHome.
Click here to register for one or all of the initiatives. After you register, please return to this site to post your video and/or cheer card by May 28, 2021.

Veteran Profile Videos from the 2019 NVGAG

2019 Closing Ceremonies Video

Meet Betty: 80 going on 39

Bernard Cambia is Fit for Life

Marine Corps Veteran, Walter Wojcik

Tina Sangillo

More NVGAG Videos

2017 NVGAG – Biloxi, MS

Life Lessons – Maxine Boman

WWII Veteran shows gold medal skills

Army Veteran finds wellness at the NVGAG

2019 Award Recipients

  • Athlete Hall of Fame Inductee:  Juan Mercado
  • George Gangi Award Recipient:  Richard Olwig
  • VCS Inspiration Award Recipient:  William Green III
  • Whole Health Award Recipient:  Tomora Shannon


Stories from the NVGAG

Ira Walton turns 96 years old this year, the oldest participant and he’s become the unofficial face of the Golden Age Games! This year, his family surprised him at the games! Thanks to Central Texas VA Health Care System for sending him our way! Learn More

Father, Ed Gayagas — despite battling cancer — made it to the games to participate all out and cheer for his daughter, Crissy Gayagas. The Hawaii duo spread cheer and collected medals at the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games. Learn More

United States Air Force Veteran Rae Carlers recently retired to Charleston, South Carolina. In 2015, she says she experienced back pain so severe she could hardly move and spent most of her time on the couch. Last week, she won a bronze medal in pickleball at the 32nd National Veterans Golden Age Games. She credits doctors at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center with introducing her to complementary medicines, like acupuncture, Tai Chi and aromatherapy; and helping her lead an active, healthy life. She is a shining example of the Golden Age Games’ motto – “Fitness for Life”! Go Rae! Learn More

U.S. Army Veteran Victor Rivera took the gold medal in 50 m breaststroke and silver medal in 50 m backstroke at the 32nd National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn More

Vietnam Veteran Tina Sangillo of VA Maine Healthcare System was one of nearly 170 female Veterans participating in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games. Learn more

#NVGAG #Sports4Vets #WomenVeterans

Waco Veteran Still Slamming at 95

It’s a rare individual who served his country in the military during three wars. The 95-year-old Walton won two Bronze Stars for meritorious service in combat zones and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 during a 31-year Army career that spanned World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Read More



May 11 – 17, 2017 – Billoxi, MS