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The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) was developed in 1985 with a vision of promoting a healthy lifestyle for seniors through education, fitness and sports. Initially, NSGA was headquartered in St. Louis, but is now located in Baton Rouge, La. It is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and a full-time staff of 12. NSGA is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and serves as one of the USOC's official arms to the senior population.
NSGA sanctions and coordinates senior games across the United States and has 50 member organizations, including 49 state senior game associations and Washington, D.C. NSGA is in charge of conducting the National Senior Games/Senior Olympics. To compete in these games, participants must be at least 50 years of age and qualify at a NSGA-sanctioned state game.