The State Games of America is an Olympic-style event featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) from across the nation. There are currently 30 states conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games.
The event is hosted every two years on the odd year (i.e. 2015, 2017, etc.).
The 2017 State Games of America will be hosted in Grand Rapids, MI August 3 – 6.
|Previous Host Cities||Year||# of Sports||Torch Lighter|
|St. Louis, MO||1999||15||Jackie Joyner Kersey|
|St. Louis, MO||2001||15||Jackie Joyner Kersey|
|Hartford, CT||2003||15||Suzy Whaley|
|Colorado Springs, CO||2005||24||Rulon Gardner|
|Colorado Springs, CO||2007||29||Michelle Kwan|
|Colorado Springs, CO||2009||31||Henry Cejudo|
|San Diego, CA||2011||24||Evan Pittman|
|Hershey/ Harrisburg, PA||2013||29|
|Lincoln, NE||2015||60+||Lolo Jones & Jordan Burroughs|
|Grand Rapids, MI||2017||50+|
The number of sports hosted in a State Games competition varies depending on the host city. For more information and specifics on the 2017 State Games of America, please visit www.StateGamesofAmerica.com.
The National Congress of State Games (NCSG) is a membership organization comprised of 31 Summer State Games and 10 Winter State Games organizations, and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Multi-Sport Organizational Council. The mission of the NCSG is to support State Games member organizations in the promotion of health, fitness and character building through multi-sport competitions and physical activities. The NCSG was created in 1986 to serve as the official association of the State Games Organizations.
State Games competitions include Olympic or Pan American sports such as: Basketball, Bowling, Diving, Figure Skating, Tennis, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Road Races, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, and more. A wide variety of local favorites are included as well, such as Arm-wrestling, Field Hockey, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Mountain Biking and more. The quantity and variety of sports varies from state to state.
Each year nearly 200,000 athletes of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels take part in State Games competitions nationwide. An additional 1.2 million spectators attend State Games events, made possible by the work of thousands of coaches, parents, officials, sponsors and more than 100,000 volunteers.
In addition to staging multi-sport athletic competitions each year, State Games organizations impact their communities through a variety of programs including character development and sportsmanship programs, tobacco prevention campaigns, drug awareness activities, wellness programs, efforts to assist underprivileged and disadvantaged youth, as well as a number of scholarship programs.