The mission of Mesquite Senior Games is to promote the health and fitness of anyone 50 years and better while stimulating tourism in the city of Mesquite, Nevada.
Participants generally compete in male and female divisions, in five year age groups (50-54 and up). With only a few exceptions, your competition age is the age you are as of December 31 of the competition year.
Come join us for fun, fitness, and friendships!
MEET THE TEAM
Beth Ann Caplinger
Board Member - Volunteer Coordinator
Board Member Emeritus
HOW THE GAMES STARTED
The history of the Mesquite Senior Games started back in 2001. In those days the only Senior Games in Nevada were the Nevada State Senior Games. The commissioner of the State Games wanted to expand the Games to some small communities. Mesquite, with a population of about 10,000, was chosen as one of them. Mesquite had just built the city Rec Center and some new ball diamonds.
A local by the name of Frank Pati got very excited about the prospect of Senior Games in Mesquite, and especially, to use those new ball diamonds. Frank took the idea and ran with it, building a very successful softball tournament bringing in senior softball teams from 42 states to play in the little town of Mesquite. He added other sports to the Games and grew the organization. Frank not only brought distinction to Mesquite and the state of Nevada through his senior softball tournaments and the Mesquite Senior Games, but he changed the lives of many seniors in giving them a vehicle to stay active and to develop new friendships.
In 2012, Frank Pati was chosen to be the very first Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year. The nominees were considered based on their significant contributions made at the local, state, and/or national level and by excellence achieved through going above and beyond the call of duty, specifically with respect to volunteer work in support of Senior Citizens of the State of Nevada.
All of us at Mesquite Senior Games are so grateful to our founder, Frank Pati. Sadly, Frank passed away on November 15, 2019, at the age of 84. He leaves behind a wonderful tradition for Mesquite and seniors everywhere. He truly was Mr. Mesquite Senior Games and will be missed!
Mesquite Senior Games now puts on senior competitions in the spring and fall of each year, nearly 20 exciting events.
In Memoriam ~ Herb Calhoun
March 27, 1942 - November 18, 2021
Former Board Member and Past President
It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Mesquite Senior Games has lost one of its own. A very special man. Herb Calhoun, our immediate past president passed away on November 18, 2021, at the age of 79.
Shortly after moving here in 2010, he started volunteering for the professional long drive groups that came to town, continuing that tradition for every long drive in Mesquite through 2021. He helped start the VV Little League, umpired games and loved to play the game himself. He worked passionately and tirelessly volunteering countless hours to support both seniors and youths in Mesquite. He joined the MSG Board in 2016 and volunteered with many other organizations, festivals and parades - if there was a volunteer opportunity, Herb was on it and it was clear from the big smile he always sported that he was having the time of his life contributing all he could to our town.
Herb leaves a solid foundation that helped make Mesquite Senior Games what it is today and we will never forget him, along with his sense of humor and love of life that showed through his smile and personality. He said the # 1 rule for our Games was that everyone has to “have fun”. That remains our goal and always will.
In his own words:
“Mesquite Senior Games gives everyone the opportunity to participate in their chosen sport with others their same age. I have been active in several events for the past ten years and can truthfully say that, regardless of your ability, you can have fun and find new friends. Never in my wildest dreams did I see me playing softball, participating in the long drive, and running the 50 & 100 in track at the fun age of 78. Join us for friendship & fun." Herb Calhoun, August 2019