History of the 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 made possible thanks to 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. The City of Mesquite became and remains a multi-event host.

In 2003, 3-on-3 Basketball was dropped. An MSG javelin thrower, 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 discontinued (lack of facilities), Swimming was discontinued (lack of a Director).

In 2007 Archery and Basketball were not contested.

In 2009 Tennis returned, with competition at Hafen Park.

In 2010 Bocce Ball, Pickleball and Target Pistol were added, with Sun City Mesquite becoming a multi-event host.

In 2011 Sporting Clays was discontinued (closing of Oasis Gun Club).

In 2012 Bridge was added. Archery was discontinued (low participation).

In 2013 Golf was discontinued (greens fee cost prohibitive). Long Drive and an (all ages) Road Race were added.

In 2014 a Non-Competitive / No-Fee / All Ages Fitness Walk was added.

In 2015 Bicycling was introduced with 3 and 5.8 Mile Time Trials. Weight Throwing events were added Track and Field.

In 2016 a History Tour (for all ages) was added, but Road Races were discontinued (low participation).

In 2017 Shotgun Sports was added, bringing back Sporting Clays and introducing Trap and Skeet.

In 2018 Table Tennis was added.

In 2019 Putting was added, utilizing the beautiful facility at Sun City Mesquite.