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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 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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Sports tourism success continues with full calendar


By J.D. Wood, Tourism Manager

A couple of years ago, the City of College Station made a decision that would not only shape the direction of its Parks and Recreation Department but the way people outside our community see us as a tourism destination.

College Station’s city management made the commitment to emphasize tourism as a way for our community to display what we locals already knew — College Station is a great place to visit and live. We joined forces with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Bryan, Texas A&M and local citizen-run organizations to completely transform our sports tourism landscape.

In 2016, the City of College Station will host 67 athletic events with a summer schedule that includes five state championships, three regional championships, and one national championship.

Our push for more state, regional and national events has already paid dividends as we’ve secured the 2018-19 TAAF Games of Texas and the 2016 American Softball Association’s 16-and-Under National Championship.

We’ll also play host to the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Presidents Cup, which will bring in more than 130 of the best soccer teams from 12 states for six days in June. It’s been a dozen years since a Presidents Cup regional was contested in Texas and it’s never been held in College Station.

In other words, it’s a big deal. These are huge events that will attract tens of thousands of participants and their supporters to our community.

Join us this summer as we welcome the thousands of visitors to Aggieland!

2016 Summer Tournament Schedule 

May 21-22 U.S. Club Soccer Cup
May 28-29 USSSA Baseball
June 4-5 USSSA Baseball
June 4-5 ASA Softball
June 10-12 IFA/VTD GFP State Softball
June 14-19 U.S. Youth Soccer President’s Cup
June 25-26 Primetime Sports 7v7 Football
July 7-9 Texas State 7v7 Football
July 8-9 TAAF Track & Field Regionals
July 11-15 Texas Soccer Academy
July 16 Jerrod Johnson Camp, 7v7 Football
July 21-24 Aggieland SSUSA Softball
July 23-24 NUC Sports
July 30-31 PB&J Ultimate Frisbee
Aug. 1-7 ASA/USA 16U Softball Championship
Aug. 12-13 USSSA Baseball
Aug. 27-28 Aggieland Friendship Cup




J.D. Wood has been the City of College Station’s tourism manager since 2014 after serving as lead athletic supervisor for a year. His extensive experience in sports and tourism includes stints with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Texas A&M Athletics. A native of Onalaska, J.D. earned both his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s (2010) degrees in sports management from Texas A&M.


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Thousands pour into B-CS for Games of Texas

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

No, the Texas A&M football season is not starting a month early.

In fact, football has nothing to do with the thousands of visitors pouring into Bryan-College Station this week. Blame this friendly invasion on archery, pickleball, judo, lifeguarding, boxing, golf, skateboarding, soccer, disc golf, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

14804728442_4f689c2e54_kThose 12 sports comprise the 2015 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas, which will be conducted Thursday through Monday at venues across College Station and Bryan. The cities are joining forces with Texas A&M and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the event for the second straight year.

The 2014 Summer Games of Texas attracted more than 20,000 athletes, coaches, families and volunteers who registered an estimated economic impact of about $6 million.

The Olympic-like festival features more than 8,500 amateur athletes of all ages from across the state competing in multiple sporting events, mostly in swimming and track and field. The high level of competition resulted in 97 Games of Texas records set in 2014, including 64 in swimming and 33 in track and field.


Tsunami swim team qualifies 14 for Games of Texas


By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

The City of College Station Tsunami swim team had 14 athletes punch their tickets to the TAAF Games of Texas on Saturday at the regional meet in Navasota.

The group will compete against more than 2,800 swimmers from across the state from July 30- Aug. 3 at the Texas A&M Natatorium. Swimmers at the 2014 Games of Texas set 64 meet records.


Games of Texas offers opportunities to compete, volunteer

By Lacey Lively, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator

Last summer, more than 8,400 amateur athletes from across the state descended on Bryan-College Station for four days of spirited Olympic-style competition in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas.

Only 220 participants were from B-CS, which meant the rest – along with about 20,000 coaches, relatives and friends – were visitors who dropped an estimated $6 million into the local economy.

Games of Texas Medals

Photos: 2014 Games of Texas


Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (May 22)

gavel[1]This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, May 22. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:05 p.m.

The workshop has started.

 6:15 p.m.

Council Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. These items were pulled for workshop discussion:

  1. Tax Abatement Guidelines: State law requires that cities adopt guidelines every two years regarding tax abatements for economic development. The proposed guidelines are unchanged from those adopted in 2012.
  2. Bee Creek Trunk Line Change OrderThe construction contract approved in 2013 included  a line item of 7,302 linear feet of aggregate grade 4 crushed stone embedment that was bid at a unit cost of $34 per linear foot. The total cost of $248,268 was not included in the contract total of $2,269,045. Due to groundwater encountered during the installation of the sewer line, 7,046 linear feet of crushed stone embedment was used. This change order adds this line item cost for a total addition of $239,564 to the contract.
  3. Verizon Long DistanceThe city was notified in April by Verizon that its existing Verizon long distance plan was being discontinued on June 15 and that the city needed to transition to a new plan to avoid a loss or disruption in long distance service. The only competitively bid contract available for Verizon service is offered through MiCTA, a purchasing group serving public sector and non-profit entities. Two years of service is estimated at no more than $70,000.

 6:47 p.m. (more…)