State Games Sports Proceed Safely Despite Pandemic
August 24, 2020
MERIDIAN, MS — The State Games of Mississippi has been fortunate to hold more than half of its yearly sporting events, despite the restrictions and concerns raised by the global COVID-19 pandemic. And some events are still in the offing.
“What a year it has been so far,” said Carolyn Smith, Executive Director. “Whereas we usually hold most of our sports in May and June, this year we’ve spread them out throughout the year, taking into account the safety of everyone who attends. We could not have done it without the help of our RUSH Medical Advisory Team and our sponsors, who saw that — while things are different — the Games have continued.”
The safety of all participants, spectators, volunteers and staff has been at the forefront of each decision to hold an event in 2020. Those sports have included the very popular soccer competitions and All-Star Baseball. Coming up the on the last weekend of August is the Youth Grand Slam Baseball Tournament; as well as Mountain Bike and Martial Arts events that will be held in October and November, respectively.
“We have been so fortunate to have athletes, volunteers and families enthusiastically endorse our efforts to hold sporting events. Plus, the unwavering support of our Board of Directors, sponsors and staff has allowed our statewide amateur sporting events to endure,” Smith said.
Also on the event horizon for the State Game of Mississippi is the annual Pumpkin Run, a 5K event that will be held at Bonita Lakes here on October 17.
“Has the year been unusual? Yes!” Smith said, “But we have shown the resilience and hard work that have characterized the State Games of Mississippi for 29 years. We look forward to the return of a full slate of events and the Opening Ceremony for our 30th year in 2021.”
About the State Games of Mississippi
The State Games of Mississippi is now in its 29th year offering top-level competition for Mississippi’s amateur athletes in more than 37 sports. In 2019, more than 5,000 athletes competed.
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, 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.