State Games of America

What is it and who can participate?

The State Games of America is an Olympic-style event featuring competition between State Games medal winners (gold, silver, bronze) from across the nation. There are currently 30 states conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games.

When is the event held?

The event is hosted every two years on the odd year (i.e. 2015, 2017, etc.).

Where is the next event held?

The 2019 State Games of America will be hosted in Lynchburg, VA July 31- August 4. 

Previous Host Cities Year Number of Sports Guest Torch Lighter
St. Louis, MO 1999 15 Jackie Joyner Kersey
St. Louis, MO 2001 15 Jackie Joyner Kersey
Hartford, CT 2003 15 Suzy Whaley (Pro Golfer)
Colorado Springs, CO 2005 24 Rulon Gardner
Colorado Springs, CO 2007 29 Michelle Kwan
Colorado Springs, CO 2009 31 Henry Cejudo
San Diego, CA 2011 24 Evan Pittman (FL Athlete)
Hershey-Harrisburg, PA 2013 29  
Lincoln, NE 2015 60+ Lolo Jones and Jordan Burroughs
Grand Rapids, MI 2017 50+  
Lynchburg, VA 2019    
Ames, IA 2021    

What sports are offered?

The number of sports hosted in a State Games competition varies depending on the host city. For more information and specifics on the 2017 State Games of America, please visit


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