Greenville County Parks Recreation & Tourism is partnering with the Greenville Sports Council to bring a brand-new sports festival to the growing Upstate of South Carolina. The inaugural State Games South Carolina will kick off May 19 and run through the middle of June with competitions happening at a variety of facilities in the Greenville and Spartanburg areas. Some Games will be hosted at private facilities, but thanks to Jeff Poole, many will also utilize Greenville County facilities.
As the Sports Tourism Manager for Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Poole works hard to attract sporting events, activities and festivals to Greenville, SC. He knows how to bring high impact events to the area and the Games should prove to be one of the best.
“We are really excited to bring this annual event to Greenville,” says Poole. “We’re confident that we will draw competitors from all over the state of South Carolina. We anticipate over 1,000 athletes will compete in our first year, which should generate over $250,000 in local spending during the State Games.”
State Games South Carolina will be the largest annual multi-sport, Olympic-style event in South Carolina. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of South Carolina. Medalists (gold, silver & bronze) from the Games qualify to participate in the State Games of America, a biennial multi-sport event, representing the state of South Carolina.
The 2017 State Games South Carolina will include Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Ultimate, Track and Field and a 5k Road Race. “We’ll start with these core sports and add events as we develop the Games in the future,” says Poole. “We have the capacity to grow as we expand to additional County facilities.”
To learn more about State Games South Carolina, visit stategamessouthcarolina.com.