2017 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award
2017 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award

Who will be the 2017 Richard L. Swanson national award winner? It's up to you!

Step 1:

Read the finalists' stories below and select your favorite for the 2017 Swanson Award.

Step 2:

Click "VOTE FOR ME" next to the finalist of your choice, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Submit Vote” button to cast your vote. Vote once per day through July 14!

Step 3:

Share your favorite finalist on Facebook or twitter and encourage your friends to vote!

Be sure to visit the SilverSneakers Facebook page on July 17 to congratulate our winner!


Last Year's Winner

A disease called Charcot claimed both of Gay R.'s legs from the knees down, but that didn't stop her from seeking out personal training. When asked what she expected to gain from the sessions, she replied, "I expect to be walking again!" Gay trained three times per week for three months to strengthen her upper body, thighs and glutes. When her prosthetics arrived, not only did she walk – she got on the elliptical machine and worked out! She inspires her fellow members, proving there are no excuses for not exercising.

About the Swanson Award

The 13th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award honors a SilverSneakers member who has made a difference in their own life through their dedication to health and well-being, and has inspired and motivated others. The Swanson Award is in memory of SilverSneakers founder Mary Swanson's father, who served as the inspiration for the nationally acclaimed fitness program.

About the Swanson Award