The ever-popular Games of Texas returns in July

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The Games of Texas may not be the Olympics, but it may be the next best thing, at least in the Lone Star state. As the state’s largest amateur sporting event, the popular festival provides an exceptional forum for the state’s Olympic hopefuls – along with recreational amateur athletes – to train and compete.

The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s 2018 Games of Texas will be July 26-29 at premier venues across Bryan-College Station. The City of College Station, in collaboration with the City of Bryan and Texas A&M, is playing host for the sixth time after conducting the event in 1988, 1994, 2000, 2014, and 2015. We’ll be the host city again next year.

The Olympic-style competitions afford Texans of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive, personal development through sports and physical activity. Scheduled events are archery, pickleball, judo, lifeguarding, boxing, golf, skateboarding, soccer, bowling, swimming, tennis, sand volleyball, skeet shooting and track and field.

The event has steadily grown since it began in San Antonio in 1986. We expect more than 20,000 visitors with about 1,500 local volunteers helping us out.

You can be part of this world-class festival by either competing or volunteering.

To register as a competitor, go to Some eligibility restrictions apply, and registration deadlines vary per sport.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and will receive free refreshments and a Games of Texas shirt. For more information, visit by July 12.

About TAAF

TAAF is a non-profit organization established in 1925 to promote and organize amateur athletics across the state. Members include parks and recreation departments, along with individuals and organizations that contribute time, energy and effort toward producing successful amateur athletic events.

TAAF is proud to be recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as an Official State Games Program participant every year since 1991.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 979-764-3486 or

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About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years, the last seven as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


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