The 2019 State Summer Games are almost here!
The State Summer Games will take place at UW-Stevens Point on June 6-8, 2019. This year will mark the 40th Anniversary of the State Summer Games being held at UW-Stevens Point. More than 1,300 athletes will compete in Athletics (Track & Field), Soccer and Swimming. Thursday evening will kick off the festivities with a Unified LETR beanbag tournament followed by the Parade of Athletes and Opening Ceremony. Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza will emcee the Opening Ceremony. Guest speakers featured at the ceremony include UW-Stevens Point Basketball Coach Jack Bennett, UW-Stevens Point Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Al Thompson and Actress Amy Pietz.
Competition will begin Friday morning along with free Healthy Athletes screenings. Strong Minds, a new discipline focused on developing adaptive coping skills, will debut.
Other Friday activities include Athlete Village, merchandise through Promotional Designs, and the Victory Dance in the evening. Special Olympics Wisconsin partners, including Kwik Trip and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, will be onsite with information and give-a-ways. Saturday will conclude competitions, featuring a Unified Relay on the track.
On Saturday, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be visiting the Games from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to cheer on athletes and hand out medals!
Summer Games at a Glance
Sports offered: Swimming, athletics (track & field) & soccer
UW-Stevens Point has served as host site since 1979
Number of Athletes: 1,357
Number of Coaches: 525
Follow us on social media for up-to-date State Summer Games announcements during the tournament regarding weather and other activities. Tune in on June 6th around 7:00pm for a LIVE Facebook feed of our Opening Ceremony! Throughout the games, live Facebook feeds will also feature Mike Shilts as the weather correspondent, Zachary Reetz as the leadership correspondent and Nike Nawrocki as the sports correspondent.
Use the hashtags #40yearsinPoint, #SummerGames and #SOWI to stay connected with the Games all weekend!