McAllen will again host the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games of Texas, welcoming young athletes from throughout Texas and Mexico to compete in 15 events. The tournament, governed by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation and approved by the United States Olympic Committee as a States Game Program, encourages youth to participate in sports serving as a foundation for building healthy habits and creating a better future for children.
The Games of Texas is an Olympic-style festival promoting high-level competition and sportsmanship. Both youth and adult athletes from across the state will compete for their chance to win gold.
The event will be July 27-30, with an official opening ceremony Friday, July 28, at the McAllen Convention Center. The Opening Ceremony spectacular even features a Parade of Athletes. The competition will feature 15 team and individual events, including archery skills, youth baseball basketball, boxing, golf, pickleball, rugby, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling.
As many as 10,000 participants are expected to participate in the event supported by another 10,000 spectators. More than 4,000 participants will take part in track & field at McAllen’s McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. Over 2,300 swimmers will compete throughout four days at the Edinburg Municipal Pool. While most events do not require qualifying times, a select few of the sporting events, including youth baseball, swimming and track & field, do require qualifiers.
To register for these and other sports, visit www.taaf.com and click on the Summer Games link. Once there, follow the link for each individual sport for competition details and registration information. Coaches or participants who have questions about registration, qualifiers or who can compete can also call the City of McAllen Parks & Recreation Department at (956) 681-3333.