Racing Against the Clock

Sharing My Journey and Accomplishments to Motivate Others

Forever young! Eleven years later and I still got it!

Inspiring Story of Youthful Senior Athlete

I am JoAnn Sampson. I established JoAnn Still Got Game to share my story and accomplishments and inspire others. I am a child of God, a woman in progress, seeking new challenges and pursuing new ideas and aspirations in my life. As a result, I strive to encourage others along the way.

My Story

I am a youthful 81-year-old senior athlete, mother of three, grandmother of three, and a year 2001 retired classroom teacher from Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools. In my leisure time, I give speeches at several Dade and Broward County schools, universities, and churches to share my story with others.

South Florida
Senior Games

While reading the Sun-Sentinel one day, I found an article about the South Florida Senior Games held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I contacted and enrolled in Track & Field to compete in the 100-meter race. In my first race I won the gold medal and clocked in at 21 seconds.

I've never had any running training and have never participated in a running event. So I began training, which involved walking, jogging, and running 5 to 8 kilometers 5 days a week, as well as stretching and yoga in the evenings. I began speed running when I had built up my stamina.

A picture from my first race. My competitors weren't close enough to be in frame.

My First Race

At 62, I raced in the 2002 South Florida Senior Games at Boyd Anderson Senior High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on February 8, 2002. It was my first race and I won first place and clocked at 21 seconds, earning my first Gold Medal.

This event qualified me for the 2002 Florida Senior Games State Championship, held in Lakeland, Florida, on December 14, 2002. I took home the silver metal. In August 2006, USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Belk Field, Charlotte, NC. I ranked number three in the nation in my age category (women 65-69).

JoAnne Still Got Game

Current Participation

  • South Florida Senior Games
  • The National Senior Games
  • The Masters Invitational Track Meet
  • Atlanta Senior Olympics
  • USA Track & Field National Masters Championships
  • The Southeastern USA Track & Field Master Championships
  • The Southeastern Masters Regional Championships
JoAnne Still Got Game
I try to get my message out to all peoples. I hope they will listen.

My Message

I am a firm believer in hard work, commitment, and discipline. Even if you've reached a certain age or ended a career, you can always start something new. All you have to do is believe in yourself since you are the only one who can stop you.

From my Grandchildren

1. The best way to describe my grandmother is: By Anna Sampson

  • GRACIOUS
  • RIGHTEOUS
  • AMAZING
  • NOBLE
  • DEDICATED
  • MARVELOUS
  • OLYMPIAN
  • TEACHER
  • HAPPY
  • ENTHUSIASTIC
  • REAL

My grandmother has nurtured me from the time I was a baby. We’ve had many great times over the years, and I’m proud to be her granddaughter.

2. TO: GRAMA JO
FROM: MARLO LATRELL SMITH, JR.

I LOVE MY GRANDMA JO. SHE IS SO SPECIAL. SHE TELLS ME THAT I CAN BE AND DO ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD I WANT TO. I AM SO PROUD OF HER. I TELL ALL OF MY FRIENDS THAT MY GRANDMA JO IS A USA SENIOR CITIZEN CHAMPION, AND WHEN THEY ASK ME HOW OLD SHE IS, I TELL THEM JUST WHAT MY GRANDMA WOULD SAY 65, BUT AGE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER. SHE ALSO ENCOURAGES ME TO BE MORE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS, LIKE EATING MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ALONG WITH EXERCISING. HERE ARE A FEW WAYS THAT I FEEL ABOUT HAVING A GRANDMOTHER LIKE MINE.

HAVING A GRANDMOTHER LIKE GRANDMA JO…
GIVES ME A SENSE OF WHERE I CAME FROM
AND WHAT I STAND FOR.
HAVING A GRANDMOTHER LIKE GRANDMA JO…
HAS GIVEN ME MANY HAPPY MEMORIES
OF TIMES WE’VE SHARED.
HAVING A GRANDMOTHER LIKE GRANDMA JO…
TAUGHT ME THAT LOVING IS
WHAT FAMILY IS ALL ABOUT.

I LOVE YOU, GRANDMA JO

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