TOPEKA (KSNT) — The 2022 Sunflower State Games kicked off Friday afternoon with a parade of athletes and a cauldron festival at Hummer Sports Park.
“Tonight, Cauldron Fest, we are throwing a party to kick off the 33rd Sunflower State Games,” said Lindsay Ransom-Engelken, executive director of the Sunflower State Games. “We will start with a parade of athletes and a presentation of the colors then the lighting of the cauldron.”
The Sunflower State Games began in 1990 as an idea presented by the Governor’s Board of Fitness. Lawrence hosted the first competition with 2,381 athletes competing in 14 sports. In 2002, after 12 years in Lawrence, the games moved to Topeka with expectations of growing participation and community involvement.
In 2019, a total of 6,825 athletes competed in 44 different sports at the 30th annual event. Participation records were set in four sports and participation increased in 18 of 44 sports compared to 2018. A total of 315 communities were represented by athletes in the Games.
The Sunflower State Games are Kansas’ largest amateur multi-sport festival held annually in July. After completing its 31st year, the games continue to recognize and reward Kansas athletes of all ages and skill levels. The Sunflower State Games are recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and are members of the National Congress of State Games.
The Sunflower State Games encourage camaraderie among different ages and socio-economic and cultural groups through athletic competitions. The event promotes the development of healthy lifestyle habits and physical fitness for participants, their families and the communities where they live.
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