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Overview

The Sunflower State Games is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition. The event promotes the development of healthy lifestyles and physical fitness for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.

The Sunflower State Games is the largest amateur multi sport festival in Kansas conducted annually in July. Having completed its 28th year, the Games continue to recognize and reward Kansas athletes of all ages and skill levels. The Sunflower State Games are recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is a member of the National Congress of State Games.

History

The Sunflower State Games began in 1990 as an idea presented by the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness. Lawrence, Kansas hosted the first competition with 2,381 athletes competing in 14 sports. In 2002, after 12 years in Lawrence, the Games moved to Topeka with expectations of growing participation and community involvement.

In 2017, a total of 7,222 athletes participated in 47 different sports at the 28th Annual event. Participation records were set in 12 sports and participation increased in 24 of the 47 sports compared to 2016. A total of 397 communities were represented with athletes in the Games.

Mission

"To provide Kansas citizens with a wholesome avenue for personal development through sports and physical activity, to recognize their dedication and achievement, and to provide an opportunity to participate in an Olympic-style event."

 

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