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The Show-Me STATE GAMES (SMSG) is an Olympic-style competition for amateur athletes in the U.S. state of Missourimarker, held in the city of Columbiamarker.

The SMSG is the largest state games in the United States. The SMSG is a member of the National Congress of State Games and the United States Olympic Committee. SMSG is a program of the Missouri Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, . The name derives from the state's official nickname, the "Show-Me State."

The Show-Me STATE GAMES has expanded from 600 participants in 1985 to more than 37,000 year-round participants in 2008. In addition to three weekends in the summer, the Show-Me STATE GAMES hosts events throughout the year, including basketball tournaments, a golf event and Shape Up Missouri, a health and wellness program for Missourians of all ages. The mission of the SMSG is to promote sportsmanship, physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, family and fun.

In 2009, the Show-Me STATE GAMES will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its summer games.

References

  1. Missouri Secretary of State - State Archives - Origin of "Show Me" slogan


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