The 2013 National Senior Games

Humana, presenting sponsor of the National Senior Games, is recognizing five athletes who each exemplify well-being through their spirit of determination, personal strength and unwavering dedication to their sport as Humana Game Changers.

These athletes are Humana members from all over the country and participate in various sports, including track and field, tennis, swimming and softball. Humana Game Changers demonstrate how regular physical activity positively impacts overall health and serve as inspiration to fellow seniors to live healthier lives.

Take a look below at the stories of the Humana Game Changers and follow facebook.com/humana and humananews.com during this year’s National Senior Games in Cleveland from July 19 to Aug. 1 for photos, videos and more about these exceptional athletes. Also, please visit www.nsga.com for information about the National Senior Games.

Mario Alvarez, 75

Milton, Fla.

Competing in his third National Senior Games, Mario Alvarez has been playing tennis for more than 40 years. He holds annual “Tennis Across America” clinics for players of all ages and taught accredited/continuing education tennis for 25 years at Pensacola State College. A member of the Navy for 22 years, Alvarez will compete in both singles and doubles tennis tournaments.

Miriam Jackobs, 73

Mason, Ohio

As a registered dietitian and adjunct professor at Wilmington College of Ohio for 20 years, Miriam Jackobs began participating in race walks in 1998. Since then, Jackobs can proudly say she’s competed in races on all continents, including Antarctica in March 2012, and is in the process of becoming certified as a race walk judge. Jackobs will be participating in multiple race walk competitions.

Ethel Lehmann, 83

Largo, Fla.

A mother of five and grandmother of nine, Ethel Lehmann has loved playing softball since high school and was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2008. Freedom Spirit of Florida, her softball team since 1992, takes part in the National Senior Softball Tournament. Lehmann will be participating in softball.

Flo Meiler, 79

Shelburne, Vt.

A mother of three, grandmother of four and a great-grandmother, Flo Meiler, 79, picked up pole vaulting at age 65. In addition, she will be competing in high jump, long jump, javelin, discus, hammer throw and tennis doubles at this year’s National Senior Games. She is looking to add to her 15 world records and 11 U.S. records.

DeEtte Sauer, 72

Houston

When DeEtte Sauer first started swimming at age 58, she did not have the strength or technique to swim across the pool and wanted to quit on the spot. Thanks to her coach who pushed her to keep swimming, she now trains at least four times a week and has overcome some serious health challenges. Sauer is participating in the butterfly, individual medley, backstroke and freestyle swimming competitions.