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Games of Texas drops $7.7 million into community

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Whenever you play host to a large-scale event that attracts thousands of visitors, you expect it to have a substantial impact on the local economy.

From July 26-30, 7,621 athletes from across the state competed in 11 sports in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas. The Olympic-like festival had only 225 local participants, which means the rest – along with about 19,000 of their coaches, family members, and friends – were visitors staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, and shopping in our stores.

The estimated economic impact of all that activity? A cool $7.7 million.

Despite hot weather conditions, the games’ spirit and atmosphere thrived, thanks to hundreds of volunteers and the wholehearted support of our community. We heard scores of positive comments, with many participants saying this was the best Games of Texas to date.

Photos: 2018 TAAF Games of Texas

Here’s the breakdown of participants by sport:

Sport Participants Venue
Archery 52 Texas A&M Physical Education Building
Judo 81 Texas A&M Physical Education Building
Golf 58 The City Course at Phillips Event Center
Lifeguard Competition 60 Bryan Aquatic Center
Pickleball 77 Lincoln Recreation Center
Sand Volleyball 40 Texas A&M Student Recreation Center
Skateboarding 19 Williamson Skate Park
Soccer 304 Veterans Park & Athletic Complex
Swimming 2,472 Texas A&M Student Recreation Center
Tennis 152 Texas A&M Mitchell Tennis Center
Track & Field 4,306 College Station High School
Total Participation 7,621

Here are some interesting tidbits reported by the Bryan and College Station Parks and Recreation Departments, which partnered with Texas A&M to manage the event:

  • Athletes set 72 Games of Texas records.
  • Participants and volunteers consumed 22,000 bottles of water and used 32,120 pounds of ice.
  • Local sponsors donated 1,165 meals for participants and volunteers.
  • 328 volunteers assisted, including 93 from the Texas Army National Guard.
  • 390 gold medals were awarded in track & field and swimming.
  • 271 tennis matches were played over two days.

If you missed out on the fun, don’t fret. The Games of Texas will return to Bryan-College Station July 25-29, 2019.

On behalf of the Cities of Bryan and College Station, we extend a special thank you to our volunteers, TAAF liaisons, commissioners and Texas Army National Guard Warriors. The overwhelming success of the event is a direct reflection of your dedication. We sincerely appreciate your gift of time, energy, and enthusiastic support.

 


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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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This week’s Games of Texas to attract thousands

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

No, the fall semester is not starting a month early.

In fact, students have nothing to do with the thousands of people pouring into Bryan-College Station this week. Blame this friendly invasion on archery, golf, judo, lifeguard competition, pickleball, sand volleyball, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track field.

Those 11 sports comprise the 2018 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas, which will be conducted Thursday through Monday at venues across College Station and Bryan. The Olympic-like festival features more than 7,000 amateur athletes of all ages from across the state competing in multiple sporting events, mostly in swimming and track and field.

Admission is free at all events except for swimming and track and field. Daily tickets are $7 for swimming and $5 for track and field. Credit cards will be accepted only at swimming.

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 2015 Summer Games of Texas attracted more than 20,000 athletes, coaches, families, and volunteers who registered an estimated economic impact of about $7.5 million.

We invite you to help us welcome our visitors at the opening ceremonies Friday at the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site. The parade of athletes begins at 6:30 p.m. led by the Prairie View A&M University Drum Line and ending with Team Fastrax, a skydiving and pyrotechnic team.

Traffic Delays and Facility Closures

  • All College Station Parks and Recreation facilities except the Larry J. Ringer Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday.
  • Expect delays around College Station High School from Thursday through Sunday. Lanes will be minimized to accommodate parking.
  • Holleman Drive from Dartmouth Street to the former Sears Service Center parking lot will be closed Friday from 4-9 p.m.

You may follow the Games of Texas on facebook.com/taafnation. For more information, visit taaf.com/gamesoftexas or call 979-764-3486.

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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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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 taaf.com/gamesoftexas. 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 taaf.com/volunteers 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 parks@cstx.gov.

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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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