LINCOLN, Neb. (October 30, 2014) — Eligible competitors from the Star of the North Games can now register for the 2015 State Games of America (SGA) in Lincoln, Nebraska, July 28–August 2, 2015. The SGA is the largest Olympic-style sports festival in the nation, with 20,000 athletes expected to compete in more than 60 sports and recreational events with multiple age divisions and skill levels. Online registration is open at SGA2015.com.
Individuals or teams eligible to compete in the 2015 State Games of America include:
- Gold, silver or bronze medal winners at the 2013 or 2014 Star of the North Games. Medalists from the 2015 SOTN Games will also be eligible in selected events.
- Competitors who earned gold, silver or bronze medals at the 2013 State Games of America.
- Competitors in events classified as developing sports. Registration is open to all interested individuals in these sports: adventure racing, chess, pocket billiards, horseshoe pitching, water skiing, sailing, sport skydiving and open water swimming.
The 2015 State Games of America will feature venues used for high-level collegiate and high school competitions, including facilities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Opening ceremonies will take place at Memorial Stadium, home of the Husker football team. The Athletes Village will be anchored at Pinnacle Bank Arena, home to Nebraska’s nationally ranked men’s and women’s basketball programs.
The Nebraska Sports Council (NSC) will organize and oversee the event. The NSC’s Cornhusker State Games recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and is one of the largest State Games events in the nation.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the top amateur athletes from across the country, and we’re confident they’ll have a great experience competing at the 2015 SGA in Lincoln,” said Dave Mlnarik, executive director of the Nebraska Sports Council. “The attractions and recreation opportunities in the area also make the 2015 SGA a great family vacation destination.”
The State Games of America is sanctioned by the National Congress of State Games. The biennial event began in 1999, and the president of the organization, Dan Duffy, says the 2015 SGA could set new standards.
“The Nebraska Sports Council is on track to bring the State Games of America to an entirely new level not experienced since its inception in 1999,” said Duffy. “State Games participants from across the country have been waiting with anticipation for registration to begin. The National Congress of State Games looks forward to continuing to support the efforts of the Nebraska Sports Council as they strive to produce the most successful State Games of America ever.”
Details regarding events, eligibility and the host city of Lincoln are available at SGA2015.com. Follow State Games of America on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.