Presidential Greetings

Welcome to the Greater New Orleans Senior Games.  If you have not participated in any of the GNOSO events, you do not know what you have missed.  There are events for everyone, volleyball, bowling, art, dance, putt-putt, swing and bridge to name a few.  A list of all event that are scheduled for this year can be viewed here.  Choose your event and come meet others who share your interests.

GNOSO is your organization, and your participation makes it great.  We had over 800 participants in our events in 2018 and look to have even more in the future.

Please come join us this year! I would like to thank all our volunteers and sponsors who make all of this possible!  I look forward to meeting all of you.

Jim Young,  
GNOSO President

Female Athlete of the Year

Mary Charlet has been active in the GNOSO since 2007.  She started out participating in her favorite sport of bowling.  Later she started participating in shuffle board, winning numerous medals, and also participated in two National Senior Games.  In Albuquerque she took sixth place in the singles bowling event.

Mary, who is the owner of “The Four Columns” has graciously allowed us the use of her facility for our GNOSO banquet.  Mary is also a member of the Waggaman Golden Age Club where she holds the office of President.  She is always willing to offer a helping hand whenever she is able.

Congratulations Mary Charlet for a well deserved honor.


Our Newsletter needs information from our members. We appreciate any news that our members wish to provide. Stories and pictures are always welcome! Please send any newsworthy items to Lisa Schwalb

We are always on the lookout for achievements and good stories!

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Male Athlete of the Year

Pat Ketcham is the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics 2019 male selection for Olympian of the Year.  Pat started participating in Senior Olympics in 2010 when he joined a softball team.  In 2012 he also joined a beanbag baseball team and became active in the Nicholson Golden Agers.  He began participating in Darts, Horseshoes, Shuffleboard, Cabbage Ball and The Throws.

As a member of the Nicholson Golden Age Club Pat participates in their intramural sports and serves as Dart Captain.  In 2017 he helped organize and continues to coordinate Beanbag Baseball intramurals for the eight Westbank Golden Age Clubs.  His team won the Gold Medal in the 2019 GNO tournament.  For the Jefferson Parish Beanbag Baseball Tournament, Pat organized three separate teams from Nicholson.

Besides helping to promote Senior Olympics by recruiting members and getting seniors involved, Pat also helps during the Games by scoring, placing and picking up equipment.  Pat volunteered at a Senior Olympic Presentation on the North Shore.

Congratulations Pat Ketcham for a well deserved honor.


Shirley Johnson passed away on April 5 2022.
Shirley was a long time participant and promoter of GNO Senior Games, she also founded the Harahan Senior Games. If you would like to make a contribution in her name, make the check payable to GNOSG, enclose a note and mail to GNOSG, PO Box 6255, Metairie, LA 70009.  All contributions will be acknowledged.

Rose Mary B. Roux
passed away on October 20, 2020.
Rose was a long time participant in many aspects of the Greater New Orleans Senior Games. She participated in Bowling, Darts, Horseshoes, Volleyball and Shuffleboard. She competed at the District, State and National levels and received many medals for her efforts. Rose also assisted her husband Ronald Roux as venue coordinators in Shuffleboard. Rose was recently inducted into the Greater New Orleans Senior Games Hall of Fame.

Gloria Kihnemann passed away on March 19, 2020.
Gloria was an accomplished and avid bowler and participated in the Greater New Orleans Senior Games Bowling events where she won many medals over the years.

Lucille Walker passed away 0n August 30, 2020. Lucille was a long time participant and Board member of GNOSO. She participated in many events on the District, State and National level.

Jean Simon
passed away on August 19, 2020. Jean was an avid volleyball player and played at the District, State and National levels. She was a serious competitor in all sports she competed in.

Elise Acosta
passed away on August 14, 2020 at the age of 86. Elise participated in many events with Senior Olympics. Her smiling face will be missed by many.

Muriel Breaux
passed away on August 6, 2020 at the age of 92. She participated in bowling with GNOSO for many years.

Marietta Herr
passed away on June 23, 2020 at the age of 90. Marietta is the mother of Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics Board Member and Swimming Coordinator Ellen Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Patricia Morvant passed away on May 30, 2020 at the age of 83. Patricia enjoyed playing darts and
shuffleboard. She was a participant in GNOSO for many years.

Jean Russo
passed away on May 5, 2020 at the age of 85. Jean was a member of the basketball Silver Slammers and also a member of the GNOSO Hall of Fame. She competed at the District, State, and National level in basketball. She also competed in many other sports at the District and State level.

Eberhardt Sr.
passed away on April 8, 2020 at the age of 92. Richard has been participating in GNOSO games for over 2 decades. His passion was team sports. He played softball for decades including teams sponsored by Alonso's Bar; won track and field medals in the Senior Olympics; played golf and basketball into his 80s; and pickle ball into his 90s. Richard was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics Hall of Fame in 2013.
   Richard's family has requested donations be made to the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics.
  GNOSO would like to thank the following for        contributions in the name of Richard Eberhardt Sr..
      Ellen and Danny Hall
       Richard and Marietta Herr
       Bernice Bordelon and Herbert Sheffield
       Ms Lori Walle
       Frank A. Cusimano, Jr. & Family
       Susan Lewis, Russ Lewis & Family
       Leann Lewis & Family

Sal Anselmo, a long time participant of GNOSO passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the age of 94. In 2017 Sal received 5 gold medals and also received a plaque from GNOSO for being the oldest participant.
   Sal's smiling face and fantastic personality will be missed by all.


We have had several Senior Olympians that have passed away in the last 2 years.  In this column we would like to acknowledge their passing and let others know.  

If know of a Senior Olympian that is no longer with us please send the information to Lisa Schwalb .

I would also like to mention that memorial donations to the GNO Senior Olympics will be acknowledged in this column.

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While our mission is to provide events that allow Seniors to stay active and fit, we also want to create an environment where individuals are striving for improvement.

Since 19xx, we have have honored individuals that have excelled in their sport or activity at the local, state and national levels with an induction into our Hall of Fame.

In additional to the Hall of Fame, we will begin keeping district records for sports as another method to acknowledge the accomplishments of our participants.

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