Games of Texas
Williamson County hosts state's premier annual amateur athletic competition
The City of Round Rock and Williamson County welcome the stateâ€™s largest amateur athletic competition, the AT&T Games of Texas, to be held in late July. For two consecutive years, the Texas Amateur Athletic Federationâ€™s AT&T Games of Texas will be in Williamson County with more than 10,000 athletes competing in various sporting venues across the county.
"AT&T is proud to be the title sponsor for an event in our home state with a rich history of sportsmanship, competition, and athletic accomplishment," said Brooks McCorcle, AT&T Vice President and General Manager, Austin. "The AT&T TAAF Games of Texas will serve as a showcase for thousands of amateur athletes who inspire the athletic spirit in all of us.â€ť
The Games are spread over two weekends, beginning Friday, July 21, and then featuring an official opening ceremony on Friday, July 28, at the Round Rock ISD Athletic Complex on Parmer Lane. In addition to the athletes, more than 40,000 spectators,volunteers, and officials are expected. As competition begins, athletes and spectators will find themselves at any number of fields, pools, tracks, and stadiums, all among the finest in the state.
Sports for the 2006 Games of Texas include: archery, badminton, baseball, bowling, boxing, disc golf, fencing, golf (youth/adult) gymnastics, lifeguard competition, racquetball, sand volleyball, soccer (youth), softball (adult), swimming, tennis (youth), track and field and for the first time in Games of Texas history, Wiffleball.
Many of the sports, such as badminton, baseball, bowling, fencing and sand volleyball, do not require prequalification. Others, such as adult softball, swimming, tennis, and track and field, do require prequalification. Registration deadlines and fees are different for each sport.
For a full listing of eligibility requirements, registration deadlines and fees â€“ as well as venues, schedules and hotel information â€“ athletes should visit the official Games of Texas web site.
One of the biggest challenges in preparing for all those athletes and spectators is enlisting and training volunteers. Organizers say 1,000 volunteers are needed for registration, concessions, scorekeeping, traffic flow, ushering, event setup and cleanup and scores of other duties.
Volunteers are being coordinated by the Round Rock Volunteer Center. To volunteer or get more information on volunteering, call 733-7625 or visit the Volunteer Center web site.
Host cities include Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander and Round Rock, as well as Brushy Creek and Fern Bluff Municipal Utility Districts and Williamson County.
Games of Texas, sponsored by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, is the largest multi-sport event in Texas with approximately 10,000 athletes competing in 20 sports and more than 25 venues. In addition to the athletes, more than 40,000 spectators, volunteers and officials are expected. The estimated economic impact of the event each year is $10 million.
Since 1991, the TAAF Games of Texas have been recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as an official State Games Program Participant.
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2006