Show-Me STATE GAMES (SMSG) is an Olympic-style competition for amateur athletes in the U.S.
state of Missouri, held in the
city of Columbia.
The SMSG is the largest state games in the United States. The SMSG
is a member of the National Congress of State
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
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
In 2009, the Show-Me STATE GAMES will celebrate the 25th
anniversary of its summer games.
- Missouri Secretary of State - State Archives -
Origin of "Show Me" slogan