Want to play air hockey like an Olympian? Thanks to the Colorado State Games, which will celebrate its 15th year beginning July 22, you can. The “Olympic-style sports festival” is a product of The Sports Corp. of Colorado Springs.
From dog agility to diving to disc golf, there’s something for everyone, said President and CEO Tom Osborne
The event started in 2001 with 12 sports and about 2,000 athletes and has since grown to 39 sports in venues across the city supporting 10,000 athletes.
Osborne said an economic impact study was done several years ago, which indicated each athlete brings 1.5 family members and 40 percent of participants come from outside the region. Osborne said the two-weekend event brings in $10 million.
Additional information about the State Games can be found at coloradospringssports.org.
In addition to the games, the Sports Corp is finalizing plans for a downtown festival to coincide with the Summer Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies, which will take place from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5 on Tejon Street downtown Colorado Springs.
Osborne said the event will televise the Rio de Janeiro ceremonies via a 26-foot high-definition television amidst a Brazilian Carnival-like atmosphere. Former Olympic athletes will also be available, and the festival is free.