Down East Senior Games

The 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!

Register Now for Down East Senior Games

Download the DESG registration form here, fill it out, and mail it in.

Or, you may register online at:

Download golf registration form here.

Registration begins February 3, 2020, and goes until April 1, 2020. Early Bird Registration ends March 13, 2020. If you register before the Early Bird Registration deadline the cost is $15.00 per person, after the Early Bird Registration deadline registration will be $20.00 per person. Your age as of December 31, 2019, will determine the age category in which you compete. All checks should be made to The City of Rocky Mount. Paper registrations can be found at your local senior center or by calling 252-462-2730.

There is something out there for everyone in Down East Senior Games. If you do not want to participate or have free time between your events become a volunteer!

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.

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.