Dear Editor:

Registration (alagames.com) for the 40th Alabama State Games is now open, and we are expecting a record-setting 6,000 participants to flood Jefferson County to participate in the Games. The Alabama State Games — founded in 1982 at the request of the US Olympic committee — are inclusive, encouraging participants of all ages and abilities to register.

Over the past 39 years, we’ve had track and field stars barely old enough to see over the hurdles, an 89-year-old Pickleballer, Athletes of the Year come back generations later to watch their children and grandchildren compete.

We are ever forward-facing, adding new and exciting sports. This year’s event includes Esports, baseball, flag football, swimming, track and field and wrestling. Visit www.alagames.com for a full list of sports and to register. Aside from a gold medal moment, participants who attend the June 9 Opening Ceremony are eligible to win one of 17 scholarships. In honor of our 40th Anniversary, we are giving away scholarships totalling $20,000. We have — so far — awarded $335,610 in scholarships.

“We expect our 40th anniversary to be memorable. We want to have athletes of all ages, from all over Alabama register,” said Founder Ron Creel. “We encourage you to spread the word, register to compete and then invite your friends.”

The Opening Ceremony for the 40th Alabama State Games will be June 9 at UAB’s Bartow Arena and will be televised life statewide on the Alabama State Games Television Network. If you have any questions, send a message to support@alagames.com

“We want 6,000 athletes ready to show up and show out from the first whistle to the final lap,” Creel said

Alabama State Games