Down East Senior Games


Download the registration form, fill it out and mail it in. Or you may register online here.

The Down East Senior Games Committee is excited to announce our first ever Fall Tournament which has been postponed to October 7, 9 & 15. Registration is now extended to September 30th for $10.00 and Day of Registration will be available for $10.00 (cash or check only). Sports offered are Cornhole, Pickleball, Bocce, and Shuffleboard.

Your age as of December 31, 2018, will determine the age category in which you compete. Day of Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each event and check-in will begin directly after. Each event will have a 30-minute rule and warm-up period beginning at the scheduled start time, competitive play will begin directly after. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place finalists in each age & sex category.

If you are competing in the North Carolina State Finals we invite you to join us for light refreshments as we meet and wish fellow competitors good luck at the 2019 State Finals! You can sign up to attend on the Fall Tournament Registration Form.

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.


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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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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Holiday Follies

We will be hosting our first ever Holiday Follies, Dec 2019. You're not going to want to miss this! More details to come soon. Holiday Follies will focus on Silver Arts. Sliver Arts include instrumental, vocal, painting, photography, woodworking, crocheting, needlework and more.

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.