Down East Senior Games

The Down East Senior Games

March 1st begins registration for our 2021 Down East Senior Games! We are taking a new and HYBRID approach to our 2021 Down East Senior Games. We will also offer some games in-person. The idea behind our Hybrid Games is that you can participate in DESG completely on your own, while also having the option to participate in person for some events. If individuals choose to participate in person, everyone must be prepared to follow the NC COVID-19 guidelines in place for outdoor gatherings & we will require face masks. DESG will be making the safety of the participants and staff our number one priority. Unfortunately, not all sports can be offered & the following have been cancelled for 2021: Badminton, Billiards & Table Tennis. SilverArts participants will have two options to turn in their work, at a drive-thru drop off or by emailing in pictures/videos of their entries. SilverArts will be virtual only. There will be no live performances or gallery this year.

The Down East Senior Games (DESG) is composed of five counties: Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe, Halifax, and North Hampton. DESG was established in 1983 with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and wellness education program for adults 50 years of age and better. Participants will compete in their own age and sex categories in increments of five years. (Example: 50-54 is one age category and 80-84 is another.)

Events take place in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and Wilson, North Carolina. The event categories in which seniors may choose to compete are sports, literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, and heritage arts. Our annual games start in late April and end in the middle of May. Below you will find more information on events, registration, volunteering and donating. Be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Register Now for Down East Senior Games

Registration begins March 1st and runs until April 9th with a registration fee of $15.00. Individuals can mail in registrations to the Rocky Mount Senior Center (P.O Box 1180, Rocky Mount NC) or register online. Your age as of December 31, 2021, will determine the age category in which you compete. All checks should be made to The City of Rocky Mount.

Online registration

Or: Download a printable registration form

Adaptive Events:

Although our Adaptive Events are targeted towards adults 50+ with physical or mental disabilities, we will not be conducting Adaptive Events in 2021.

Sponsorships & Donations:

Donations are tax deductible and can range from $1.00 to $99.

  • Friend of DESG: $1 - $25

  • Donor of DESG: $26 - $99

Sponsorships are also tax deductible and can range from $100 to $1,000.

  • Platinum: $1,000

  • Gold: $500

  • Silver: $250

  • Bronze $100

Morgan Doughtie, 252-462-2730

Kelsye Newsome, 252-246-1133

Registration and Donations:
Rebecka Morgan, 252-972-1564

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Includes badminton, basketball, basketball shooting, billiards, bocce, cornhole, croquet, cycling, discus throw, football throw, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race-walking, running long jump, shot put, shuffleboard, softball, softball throw, standing long jump, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track events.

Performing Arts

Includes cheerleading, comedy/drama, solo dance, small group dance, large group dance, solo instrumental, group instrumental, solo vocal, group vocal small group line dance and large group line dance.

Literary Arts

Includes essays, short stories, life experiences, and poetry.

Visual Arts

Includes acrylics, oil, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and watercolor.

Heritage Arts

Includes basket weaving, china painting, crocheting/knitting, jewelry, needlework, quilting, stained glass, tole/decorative painting, pottery, weaving, woodcarving and woodworking.