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Iowa Games Celebrate 30 Years of Good Sportsmanship

Thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities compete in more than 60 sports this weekend at the 30th Annual Iowa Games in Ames. (IowaGames.org)
Thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities compete in more than 60 sports this weekend at the 30th Annual Iowa Games in Ames. (IowaGames.org)
July 15, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Iowans don't have to go to Rio to find athletes competing in dozens of different sports. An estimated 13,000 people will converge in Ames this weekend for the 30th annual Iowa Games. The events include archery, running, cycling, target shooting, even bowling and horseshoes.

Chuck Long, the Iowa Games' CEO and executive director, says this weekend is about more than just who comes in first place or scores the highest.

"It gets people active. It gets kids to understand sport and teamwork, and sportsmanship," says Long. "You know, those are the things that we promote and encourage, and foster within our games."

Opening ceremonies are tonight at 7:45 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, with competitions taking place through Sunday. And Long says the Iowa Games attract athletes from ages five to 95, of all skill levels.

"We have over 63 sports, and we feel like there's a sport for everybody, you know? Even the couch potatoes can get out and do something within our games," he smiles.

Admission for tonight's Opening Ceremonies is $5 for adults and $2 for kids, with proceeds going to the Iowa Food Bank Association. However, attendance at all the athletic events is free, which Long says has brought back many over the years.

"We also get families that use that as their vacation every summer," he notes. "That's their vacation; they save all their money to go to the Iowa Games every year."

Find schedules and online registration at IowaGames.org.

Bob Kessler, Public News Service - IA