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July 17, 2015

State Games of America Tops 14,500 Entries

The 2015 State Games of America (SGA) has exceeded 14,500 entries for the first time in the history of the event. Registration remains open for many events at SGA2015.com. Some sports allow onsite entry as well. Competition in most events begins July 28 at sites in and around Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, and concludes Aug. 2. The 2015 SGA also features more sports than any previous SGA competition, with 67.

While most sports begin on or after July 28, a few events, including this weekend’s water skiing competition, will be held early. SGA water skiing, held at Championship Lake Estates near Yutan, includes slalom, trick and jump events for 37 athletes from four states beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18. Next weekend’s mini-lineup includes pistol shooting, .22 prone shooting, adult trap-shooting, pocket billiards and adult volleyball.

The top five most popular sports are soccer, track and field, basketball, volleyball and softball. The top five states with the most participants are Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin.

Organizers with the Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) are also seeking additional volunteers. NSC Executive Director Dave Mlnarik says more than 3,000 volunteers have already registered.

“We count on volunteers to run the events, assist athletes and make our guests feel welcome,” said Mlnarik. “We have thousands of committed volunteers already, but we need more to ensure that everyone has a great experience at SGA 2015.”

Additional medical volunteers with first-aid training are needed to cover various sports venues. General volunteers are needed for the swimming, basketball, road race and wrestling competitions. No experience is required.

Mlnarik is also hoping for a big turnout for the Opening Ceremonies, July 31, at Memorial Stadium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Doug McDermott, former Creighton All-American and member of the NBA Chicago Bulls, will lead the Parade of Athletes. USA Olympic track & field and bobsled athlete, Lolo Jones, and Olympic wrestling gold medalist, Jordan Burroughs, will light the SGA cauldron at the ceremonies. The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and Nebraska native Brian Deegan’s Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross daredevils will headline entertainment for the event.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free for all competitors. The event is open to the public with the purchase of an all-event Super Pass, or individual tickets may be purchased; $15 for adults, $5 for students age 6-18, children under five, free.

McDermott, Jones and Burroughs will sign autographs prior to the Opening Ceremonies at the SGA SportFest at Pinnacle Bank Arena from 4:30–6 p.m.

Details about the State Games of America events and registration can be found at SGA2015.com and on the organization’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 


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