Games of Texas
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The Games of Texas are a series of amateur Olympic-style events held each summer and winter in the U.S. state of Texas. They are organized by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) and are part of the National Congress of State Games. Medalists from the Games qualify to participate in the State Games of America, a biennial multi-sport event.
The Summer Games of Texas are held every year across multiple venues in a pre-designated city or region. The event is usually held in late July and draws more than 10,000 athletes and 15,000–20,000 spectators each year. It is the largest multi-sport event in Texas. Each year at the games, TAAF organizes the opening ceremonies, which typically include a parade of athletes and fireworks. In 2010 and 2011, the event was hosted by Waco, Texas. In 2012 and 2013, it will be hosted by Corpus Christi, Texas.
Though most "core" sports are held each year at the games, host cities will sometimes add region-specific sports to the games they host. In 2011, athletes participated in 12 sports:
- Disc Golf
- Table Tennis
As of 2011, there are ten sports in which athletes can participate at the winter games:
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- "Official Website of the National Congress of State Games". National Congress of State Games. 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
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- "Williamson County hosts state's premier annual amateur athletic competition". 2006-06-28.
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- Official announcement that Corpus Christi will be hosting TAAF Summer Games of Texas in 2012 and 2013
- TAAF Region 4 Sports
- Press Release on sports held at the 2011 Winter Games of Texas
- TAAF.com, Official website of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation
- Official website of TAAF Region 4
- Official website of TAAF Region 7