TOPEKA - In an effort to increase opportunities for Kansans to lead active and healthy lifestyles, the Sunflower State Games has added five new events to its lineup of sports for 2018. Boxing, Dodgeball, Muzzleloading, Ultimate, and Weightlifting will be showcased at the 29th Annual multi-sport festival. The 2018 Sunflower State Games will take place July 13-29, in Topeka, and will feature a record 50 different events for all ages and skill levels.

Boxing, one of five sports to be contested on Saturday, July 14, at the Kansas Expocentre, will be sanctioned by USA Boxing under the direction of the Topeka Golden Gloves. Muzzleloading is one of three shooting disciplines at the 2018 Games and will take place at the Sante Fe Trail Plainsmen Muzzleloading Gun Club near Quenemo on Saturday, July 28. Dodgeball and Ultimate are returning to the schedule of events after a five year hiatus. Both team sports have divisions for High School and Adult, and will take place July 28-29. Weightlifting will makes its debut on Saturday, July 28, at SportZone and will be a sanctioned event through USA Weightlifting.

"When we look to add new sports, three key elements need to be in place: Interest from the public, a qualified partner to direct the event, and a suitable venue that will provide a quality experience," said Executive Director, Mitch Gross. "Fortunately for us, we have checked all the boxes for the addition of these five sports and look forward to providing Kansans additional opportunities to lead healthy and active lifestyles."

Complete event details and registration procedures for all 50 sports can be found online at sunflowergames.com. In 2017, the event hosted 7,222 participants from 397 communities. Organizers are hoping to host over 7,000 athletes for the tenth consecutive year in 2018. The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit organization based in Topeka. The Games are held annually in July and its purpose is to promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle for all Kansans through participation in sports.