Let the games begin! It's time for the Destin-Emerald Coast Senior Games

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Pickleball instructor Pat Markey, far left, teaches the fundamentals of pickleball to (clockwise from left) Lenny Million, Debbie Million and Steve Myers on one of the courts setup at the Destin Community Center last year.

Destin-Emerald Coast Senior Games is hosting their second annual event across the city throughout the month of February. With a line up of 15 different sports, the games offer seniors who are still young at heart, the chance to get active and stay competitive.

“It emphasizes healthy and active life styles for men and women ages 50 and over,” said Pat Markey who helped coordinate the games. “It’s for ages 50 to infinity and we split them into five year increments so you compete with people in your own age area.”

Last year, the inaugural year for Destin 232 seniors participated, a number Markey said he hopes to double this year.

“Both locals and snowbirds get involved, it’s a good way to get them all together,” he said. “Numbers are a little bit higher with snowbirds than locals.”

When asked which of the 15 events is the most popular sports with the Destin crowd, Markey didn’t hesitate, “Pickleball, track, and tennis,” he said.

Finalists from the Destin games can move on to the state level this year to be held in Clearwater. For more information visit or call the Destin Community Center at 654-5184.

Bag Toss

*Basketball Free Throw

*Basketball Spot Shooting







5K Road Race


*Table Tennis


*Track and Field


*Qualify for State games

Senior Game Sports Line-up