TOPEKA – The Sunflower State Games is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 29th Annual multi-sport festival. The 2018 Sunflower State Games will take place July 13 - 29 in Topeka, and will feature a record 51 different events for all ages and skill levels. New sports to be showcased in 2018 include Boxing, Dodgeball, Muzzleloading, Ultimate, and Weightlifting. Complete event details and registration procedures can be found online at sunflowergames.com.

For the second consecutive year, the Sunflower State Games will be hosting events at the Kansas Expocentre.

On Saturday, July 14, SSG will call the Kansas Expocentre home for participants in Wrestling, Boxing, Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, and Judo. Landon Arena and Expo Hall will be transformed into a multi-sport venue with all five competitions taking place simultaneously.

“2018 is shaping up to be a big year for the Sunflower State Games” said Executive Director, Mitch Gross. “Not only are we striving to increase participation through the addition of new events, but it is our focus to provide a first class experience for our athletes so that they return year after year. Continuing our partnership with the Kansas Expocentre will go a long way in achieving our goals.”

The Cauldron Fest will kick-off the 2018 Sunflower State Games on Saturday, July 14, at Lake Shawnee. The annual lighting of the cauldron will take place at 7:45 a.m., with a 5K/10K run set to take off at 8 a.m. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to assist with various duties for the duration of the games. Approximately 700 volunteers will be utilized in supporting roles. Additional volunteer information can be found 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.

Sunflower State Games to add six new sports in 2018

In an effort to increase opportunities for Kansans to lead active and healthy lifestyles, the Sunflower State Games has added six new events to its lineup of sports for 2018. Boxing, Dodgeball, Muzzleloading, NASP Archery, 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 Muzzloading 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 six sports and look forward to providing Kansans additional opportunities to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

Complete event details and registration procedures for all 51 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.

Registration now open for 2018 Kansas Senior Games

The Sunflower State Games is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Kansas Senior Games. The Kansas Senior Games are Kansas’ own multi-sport competition for ages 50+. The 2018 Kansas Senior Games will take place Sept. 13 - 23 in Topeka and will be the held under the direction of the Sunflower State Games for the third year.

The Kansas Senior Games is open to not only Kansans, but out of state residents as well. The event will consist of 20 different sports for ages 50+. Events include the following: Badminton, Basketball, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Granny Basketball, Horseshoes, Miniature Golf, Pickleball, Racquetball, Race Walk, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Sporting Clay Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. A finalized schedule, complete event information, and registration procedures can be found online at sunflowergames.com. Prospective participants are encouraged to register using the online registration portal. Paper forms will be accepted as well and can be printed from the web site. The deadline to register for the 2018 Kansas Senior Games is Saturday, Sept. 1.

“We are extremely excited to open registration for the 2018 Kansas Senior Games,” said Executive Director, Mitch Gross. “The feedback that we have received the past two years has been extremely positive. We look forward to keeping that momentum going by introducing this event to the next wave of 50+ athletes.”

The 2017 Kansas Senior Games hosted a total of 745 participants from 13 different states and more than 170 communities. The 2018 Kansas Senior Games will be a qualifying event for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit organization based in Topeka that is committed to providing opportunities for Kansans to increase their health and wellness through participation in its multi-sport competitions.

The 2018 Sunflower State Games will take place July 13 - 29. For more information, please visit www.sunflowergames.com.