2009 National Veterans Golden Age Games

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The 2009 National Veterans Golden Age Games' (NVGAG 2009) is a week-long sports and recreation competition held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex from June 1-5, 2009. The event, which is open to all U. S. military veterans age 55 or older receiving care at a United States Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility, is the world's largest such competition for seniors. Organizers expected to host competitors from 39 states as well as from the U. S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. In all, 685 competitors entered, including 44 World War II veterans. The event was hosted by the Birmingham VA Medical Center with the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers.


Participants in the games compete in a wide range of events and are divided by age classification with separate divisions for visually-impaired or wheelchair-bound competitors. Events include swimming, cycling, golf, shot put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, 9-ball billiard, bowling, checkers and croquet.

Special events during the games included a tour of Vulcan Park, a dinner at the Barber Motorsports Park and a barbecue and blues concert at Linn Park.


  • Gordon, Tom (June 2, 2009) "Birmingham hosts Golden Age Games for veterans 55 and older." Birmingham News
  • Gordon, Tom (June 3, 2009) "Birmingham draws largest field of competitors in history of National Veterans Golden Age Games." Birmingham News

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