Show-Me State Games take over Columbia
COLUMBIA - Missouri's largest state games competition will continue today through Sunday.
The Show-Me State Games are a weekend-long Olympic-style amateur sports festival where Missourians can participate regardless of age and ability. Games include volleyball, swimming, soccer, high school basketball and more.
Many athletes traveled from various places across the nation to compete. High school sophomore John Zimmermann came from Chicago with his baseball team, who are excited to be at the Mizzou stadiums.
"I was really looking forward do it because I know they have all new facilities," said Zimmermann.
This program is also celebrating 25 years of the Missouri State Senior Games, which opens competition to athletes 50 years or older. Seniors will compete in over 20 sports such as pickleball, track and field and tennis.
Bill Smith, 71, a first-time participant, said sports have always been a part of his life and he always encourages people to exercise.
"It's good for everybody to get out and be physical and do what you can do, 'cause sitting around doesn't do you any good. Get out and be active," said Smith.
This sporting event aims to promote fitness and health for all Missourians. To be eligible, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Attend college in the state of Missouri
- Athlete/Parent must earn a living in Missouri
- Be stationed on a military base in Missouri
- Reside in Missouri at least 30 days prior to date of competition
Warm temperatures are forecasted for the weekend and organizers have established a heat safety policy for competitors and visitors. MU Health Care medical crews are expected to be present at various events.
MU Health paramedic Chris Leroux said hydration is very important this weekend.
"Be mindful of each other. If you see somebody not acting quite right, lethargic, sleepy, send them to the medical folks on scene or call 911," he said.
Weather has been a question for organizers, which prompted them to move all pickleball events indoors. Organizers said parking should be fine and maps are available online.
In Olympic tradition, winners will receive gold, silver and bronze metals.
The Show-Me State Games will also take place July 19-21 and 26-28. Volunteers are still needed for these events.
For more information about the Show-Me State Games, schedule and health tips, visit https://www.smsg.org/.