Down East Senior Games


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!

Adaptive Events:

Once a year DESG holds an Adaptive Events day. Adaptive Events are targeted towards adults 50+ with physical or mental disabilities. To learn more about this event, please email Annetta Brown or call 252-234-5962.

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The staff and volunteers of the Down East Senior Games are committed to creating a healthy and safe environment for all participants, volunteers and spectators. We request that every participant evaluate his/her health status and adequately prepare for competition. DESG strongly recommends each participant consult his/her doctor about preparation for, and competition in Down East Senior Games or any similar activity.

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Sponsorships & Donations:

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

  • Patron of DESG: $1 - $24

  • Friend of DESG: $25 - $99

Sponsorships are also tax deductible and can range from $100 to $2,500.

  • Grand Patron Sponsor: $2,000 - $2,500

  • Platinum Sponsor: $1,500 - $1,999

  • Gold Sponsor: $1,000 - $1,499

  • Silver Sponsor: $500 - $999

  • Bronze Sponsor: $250 - $499

  • Donor: $100 - $249

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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.