Mesquite, NV –
The registration for the Mesquite Senior Games opened up last month and is already filling up fast, as the games Executive Director Amy Bradshaw announced in an interview last Friday, she was already shutting down registration on two events, bowling and bocce with one almost to the maximum entrants allowed… pickleball, the nation’s fastest-growing sport at 600% popularity growth since last year.
“We have people registering from all over,” said Bradshaw. “Even as far as New York.”
The Mesquite Summer Games which start-up March 4th and continue on until April 13th is looking forward to its best year yet in attendance and competitors.
“We have seniors that normally not come are coming,” stated Bradshaw. “We get our competitors but we are seeing a huge amount of new competitors.”
The Mesquite Games have been going on since 2001 when a local resident senior, Frank Pati, went out of his way to try and bring the Senior Games to Mesquite after the Nevada State Games Commissioner announced he wanted to expand the games to smaller communities. Pati, saw the opportunity there, especially with the new ballfields located just off the I-15 and exit 122, at Pioneer Park on Hillside Drive. Frank organized a highly successful Senior Games softball tournament which provided teams from 42 states to attend. Then as more volunteers and people jumped on the movement to help out with the games, more and more sports were added. Mesquite Senior Games Founder Frank Pati passed away on November 15, 2019, after receiving the first Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year in 2012.
After Pati, Mesquite Senior Games was joined by the efforts of former President Herb Calhoun who became notorious in Mesquite for starting the local Little League. Calhoun helped lead both youth and seniors into the most extraordinary and excellent opportunities of being active, friendly competitions, and finding success in life. His number one rule for both youth and seniors was “To have Fun!” He passed away on November 18, 2021.
Today, the Mesquite Senior Games is led by Amy Bradshaw who joined Mesquite from Portland, Oregon. After retiring here in July of 2018, she looked into still living an active life and found the games. She used to own a picture-framing art gallery and knew the ins and outs of business and event planning.
“I always have been known as an event planner and organizer,” said Bradshaw. “However, I do not have a sports skillset.”
Today the Mesquite Games is one of the largest competition sports events for Seniors who are as Amy Bradshaw stated, “50 and better!”
The games today play host to 18 different sports, with multiple competitions under each sport. The majority of the attendees are of course from Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California, but they have seen a mass amount of competitors from such states as Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Michigan. Bradshaw related she has seen more and quicker registration since the Covid pandemic.
“I have more seniors worried about being able to do competitions more than being worried about Covid,” stated Bradshaw. “I have a 64-year-old who was more worried about being able to do another track event instead of worrying about dying of Covid. Seniors don’t have that much time left in their lives and they want to spend their days doing what they love.”
Of course, the event will follow local, state, and federal mandates which includes social distancing and face mask guidelines. The mandates will be recommended but not required. This may change according to the situation at the current time of the Mesquite Senior Games.
The biggest reason for the vast success of the games is the volunteers.
“These games owe everything to our volunteers,” said Bradshaw. “sixty hour weeks, massive paperwork, keeping everything running smoothly, and more. I could not have done any of this without them.”
She gives thanks to all of the 60-70 volunteers (and growing) which include the board members, the sports directors, the Virgin Valley High School sports coaches and athletes, sponsors, and anyone else who helps out. She especially talked of how blessed she has been to have Beth Caplinger on the board.
“She is a lifesaver and we got lucky to snag her.”
The Spring Season starts up beginning of March with the Sporting event for Target Pistol. The fee to enter is $30 for the registration fee and then an event fee which ranges $5-$20 per event depending on the nature of the event. There is also a $5 fuseport fee which helps cover computer software management costs. You can download the registration form and register at www.mesquiteseniorgames.org/registration. They also keep a waiting list of 12 people if the event is full, in case if a entrant is unable to make it at last minute.
Schedule of Events:
March 4: Target Pistol
March 4-5: Shotgun Sports
March 7-10: Tennis
March 12: Bowling
March 14-16: Pickleball
March 17: History Tour
March 19: Fitness Hike
March 19: Table Tennis
March 25: Basketball Skills
March 26: Track and Field
March 28-29: Bridge
March 31: Poker
April 1: Cornhole
April 2-3 & April 9-10: Women’s Softball
April 4: Golf – Long Drive and Putting
April 7-8: Bike Race
April 11-13: Bocce (Originally scheduled for April 11-12. Extra day added due to extra entrants)
Spots are filling up fast and events are already closing, so don’t wait and register now. Once again for more information, visit the Mesquite Senior Games website at www.mesquiteseniorgames.org.
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