From archery to wrestling, more than 20 sports will be a part of the 2024 Alabama State Games scheduled for June 7-9 in numerous locations across Birmingham and Jefferson County. Registration for the amateur event opens March 1. Photo Contributed

Alabama State Games Searching For Athletes And Volunteers

BIRMINGHAM- Registration for the Olympic-style Alabama State Games begins March 1 as venues scattered across Birmingham and Jefferson County will become host sites to 20-plus sports and more than 5,000 athletes vying for athletic prowess in the 41st annual Games.

The Alabama State Games began in 1982 at the request of the United States Olympic Committee. The inaugural games took place in 1983 in Auburn with no more than 600 athletes competing in four different sports. Today, action is held in both team and individual competitions making the games the largest annual multi-sport event in Alabama. Alabama’s Games is now part of a nationwide network of games with a national organization named the National Congress of State Games (NCSG) governing all competitions. Alabama was among the grassroots of states to get more athletes involved and aware of Olympic sports with the hopes of those athletes being encouraged to pursue participating in the Olympics for the United States.

As visioned by the original organizers in the early 80’s, The Alabama State Games showcases amateur athletes of all ages and promotes health, fitness and character building through the multi-sport competitions and physical activities. In addition, the Alabama State Games hosts ancillary programs including the Academic Scholarship Initiative, Adopt-An-Athlete, Honoring Our Heroes and Athlete of the Year.

The competition has been thriving since 1983 because of its leadership and volunteers as those volunteers are the backbone to the success as the events take hundreds of volunteers to successfully operate each competition, assist in making sure the athletes are taken care of and arrive at the venues and participate in a fair manner with sportsmanship a must.

The education scholarship initiative began in the 1990’s and thus far has awarded $363,000 in scholarships to Alabama State Games athletes. Last year alone, $20,000 was awarded in scholarships.

Visit ALAGAMES.com and click on the sport tab. Each sport will have a “register here” button.

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