2021 Instructor of the Year

SilverSneakers® and SilverSneakers FLEX® instructors are dedicated to helping you stay physically active, socially connected and virtually engaged. Now’s the time to let them know how much you appreciate them.

Who inspires you most? Does he or she go the extra mile to challenge and motivate you in the gym or at home? Nominate him or her for the 2021 SilverSneakers Instructor of the Year Awards by May 21.

To acknowledge the deep appreciation we have for our instructors, especially given the impact of COVID, and to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the awards, we are offering a monetary prize for the winner and finalists.

Nominate the instructor who supports and encourages you the most.

What is the Instructor of the Year Award?
SilverSneakers® and SilverSneakers FLEX® instructors are dedicated to helping members stay physically active, socially connected and virtually engaged. While the past year has been challenging for everyone, our instructors have stepped up to challenge and motivate members in the gym and at home. SilverSneakers will honor this year’s most inspirational instructors, selected from thousands of nominations, through the 5th Annual Instructor of the Year Awards. The awards recognize the life-changing impact of remarkable SilverSneakers instructors, teaching virtually or at thousands of participating locations nationwide.

To acknowledge the deep appreciation we have for our instructors, especially given the impact of COVID, and to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the awards, we are offering a monetary prize for the winner and finalists.

Who is eligible to receive the award?
SilverSneakers and FLEX instructors who are current with their certifications and credentials are eligible for nomination.

How are instructors nominated?
Instructors can be nominated by their peers, class members, participating location staff, and even themselves. Story submissions will be accepted May 10 – 21.  Click here to submit nomination form.

How are the winner and finalists selected?
A SilverSneakers committee will review the story submissions and select the winner and finalists based on who supports and encourages members the most, who receives the most nominations and who is up to date with certifications and credentials. The committee will select the top 10 finalists by June 7 and request a video detailing how those instructors inspire their members every day. The winner and top four finalists will then be announced June 30.

What is the award timeline?
• May 21: Deadline to complete nominations
• June 7: SilverSneakers committee selects 10 finalists
• June 30: Winner and top four finalists chosen and notified
• June 30 – July 30: Celebratory events (in-person or virtual TBA) for the winner and four finalist

Who was the winner last year and what was their story?
The 2020 Instructor of the Year national award winner, Eliot Perez, has inspired and brightened the lives of hundreds of thousands of SilverSneakers members, in classes of 50 to 60 participants. He has organized monthly theme parties and events, sent get-well cards to ailing members, and coached teams for the Houston-area “Dancing with the Silver Stars” competition. Members described Eliot as, “high energy, generous and one of a kind,” and “absolutely exceptional. He goes way beyond the call of duty and sees every class as an opportunity to lift people up.”



Hear from last year's finalists on what being a SilverSneakers instructor means to them: