MESQUITE SENIOR GAMES… Your Athletic Encore
Now in our 11th year, the Mesquite Senior Games invites female and male athletes, age 50 and better, to compete in a variety of events against age-group peers. Events take place in April. We also host the Mesquite Winter Classic and CAN/AM softball tournaments in October and November/December. See schedule for this year’s offerings and event pages for details.
Event hosts are The City of Mesquite (basketball skills, bocce ball, golf long drive, softball, tennis and 5K road race), Hidden Valley Ranch (target pistol), Sun City Mesquite (bridge and pickleball), Virgin River Casino (bowling) and Virgin Valley High School/Clark County School District (track and field).
Unless otherwise specified, all competition and scoring is male/female within age groups (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+) allowing up to 16 gold, silver and bronze medal winners per event. Competition age equals age at year-end (i.e., if your 50th birthday occurs at any time during the year, you may compete as 50 for the entire year).
Our mission is to promote the city of Mesquite and healthy fun and wellness through senior athletics. The Mesquite Senior Games is a non-profit organization funded completely through sponsors, donations and registration/event fees.
See you at the games!
Chairman, Mesquite Senior Games
The Mesquite Senior Games began in 2002 following an outreach from the Nevada State Games in Las Vegas to communities throughout the state. David Pierson was the first chairman and Frank Pati vice chairman.
The 2002 Games were greatly supported by a generous donation from Cindy Risinger of REMAX Realty in Mesquite. Events contested were: Softball, Track and Field, Basketball Skills, 3-on-3 Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Bowling and Swimming. Softball was the most popular event with 13 teams (nearly 150 players) travelling from various western states to compete.
In 2003, 3-on-3 Basketball was dropped. One of MSG’s javelin throwers, Jerry Ransdell, represented Mesquite at the nationals in Baton Rouge, LA, earning a bronze medal.
In 2004 the games gained status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
In 2005 three Mesquite women’s softball teams vied at the nationals, in Pittsburg, PA.
In 2006 Basketball and Track and Field were not contested, Tennis was dropped due to unavailability of suitable courts and Swimming was dropped due to lack of a meet director.
In 2007 Archery and Basketball were not contested. Softball was again the most popular sport, with 36 teams competing. The Games spent $3,000 buying Track and Field implements.
In 2009 Tennis returned when newer courts became available at Hafen Park.
In 2010 Bocce Ball, Pickleball and Target Pistol were added, with Sun City Mesquite and the Mesquite Sports and Events Center becoming a major event hosts.
In 2011 Sporting Clays was dropped due to the closing of the Oasis Gun Club. Track & Field added the Triple Jump, High Jump, and 3000 meter Run & Walk.
In 2012 Archery was dropped due to low historical participation. Bridge was added and Track & Field added the Pole Vault.
In 2013 Golf was dropped due to lack of interest. Golf Long Drive and Road Race, 5K, All-Ages were added.