Over the weekend hundreds of young athletes converged in Irving, Texas for the 2016 USA Judo Senior National Championships. We are thrilled to share that present among the hundreds of young men and women were eleven recipients of our Rusty Kanokogi Fund grant.
If watching a 92 year old woman finish a marathon this past May was not inspiration enough the Senior Olympics were a guarantee to ignite the fire within and encourage you to get out and get moving. A recent study of participants in the Senior Olympics, also known at the National Senior Games, found that the athletes’ fitness ages are typically 20 years or more younger than their chronological age.
Jordan Mouton will represent Team USA once again after overcoming tough circumstances since the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Faced with injuries in the past year that hindered her training, Mouton’s performance in her weight class at the Paralympic trials on April 22 in Irving, Texas, would determine her eligibility for the Paralympic team. Mouton won her weight class and earned a spot on the team along with five other individuals in different weight categories.
When Kayla Harrison received the first and only grant of the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of U.S. Judo in 2009, she was an emerging athlete for Team USA. Her successes in 2008 included winning the U.S. Open, a junior word title, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo.