State Games Lead Intern Ready for 2019 Games
MERIDIAN, MS — The State Games of Mississippi welcomed lead intern Autumn Welborn to the staff as everyone gears up for the beginning of this year’s competitions and the Coca Cola Opening Ceremony May 31 in downtown Meridian.
“Autumn is a former State Games medalist and, through her activities at Enterprise High School, is familiar with the games and working with other interns who are her age,” said Carolyn Smith, Executive Director.
At Enterprise High School, Autumn was a member of the yearbook staff, raising money through the sale of ads, supervising the work of three team members and collaborating with sponsors in the design and creation of ads. She is currently seeking an Associate’s Degree at Meridian Community College.
A tennis player, Autumn was named “Most Valuable Player” for Enterprise High School Tennis in 2018, was Reserve at the All-Distric Mixed Doubles in 2018 and won a silver medal at the 2017 State Games of Mississippi.
It takes a lot of people to coordinate and run the State Games of Mississippi — with 40 sports this year. Autumn and the five other interns will be responsible for making sure each commissioner receives items for each sport, helping to register the more than 6,000 participating athletes and even taking waters and meals to different venues as needed.
State Games of Mississippi
The State Games of Mississippi is now in its 28th year offering top-level competition for Mississippi’s amateur athletes in more than 40 sports. In 2018, more than 6,000 athletes competed. Participants enjoy the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony each year in Meridian with events for amateur athletes held throughout the months of May and June in various locations around the state.
The State Games of Mississippi keeps its entry fees low primarily through the generous donations of sponsors, including Founding Gold Sponsors: Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Rush Hospital; and Gold Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians/Pearl River Resort, Meridian-Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau/Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, Paul & Sherry Broadhead Foundation, Meridian Community College, WTOK-TV, The Meridian Star and WMDN/WGBC-TV (The Meridian Family of Stations). For more information on the Games, call 800-482-0205 or visit the State Games of Mississippi website at www.stategamesofms.org.