"You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing"
New Mexico Senior Olympics was born in 1979. Since its founding, New Mexico Senior Olympics, Inc. has been known as a "Closed State". This refers to only New Mexico residents could participate in the New Mexico Senior Olympic Competitions.
On October 20, 2016, The NMSO Board of Directors voted to make the state of New Mexico an "Open State" for the next 4 years.
What does this mean for local athletes?
1. New Mexico State Athletes will not have to participate at local games to compete at the annual NM Senior
Olympic Summer Games.
2. Out of state athletes will be able to compete in New Mexico at any sanctioned NM site. In any of the 18
events offered by National Senior Games in odd numbered years.
3. New Mexico Senior Olympics supports and encourages Seniors to continue to participate in their local
4. Both the NM Board of Directors and the NMSO State staff want sanctioned local games sites to understand
it is imperative for local games to continue as local games provided opportunity for seniors to compete
with their local peers. Local games provided the opportunity to learn playing rules, and, to learn a sport's playing format. Local games will provide an opportunity to train before going to State and Nationals
The annual County Senior Games are held in the first quarter of the year in Las Cruces at various venue sites.
Doña Ana County Senior Olympics is a volunteer group and has existed for 40 years. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit and receives no federal, state, county or city funds. It currently has over 400 members who support it through their modest sport registration fees. The organization's members come from all over Dona Ana County.
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