Today is the last day for volunteers to register for the 2019 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas, happening July 25-28 in venues around Bryan-College Station.
Volunteers can sign up for slots in archery, boxing, judo, pickleball, sand volleyball and tennis, while the National Guard is helping with the other eight events, said Hallie Hutchins, TAAF volunteer coordinator.
“You can sign up for multiple events, for a couple hours’ shifts a day, whatever works for your schedule,” Hutchins said. “You’ll get free refreshments and a Games of Texas T-shirt. … We make sure you’re fed throughout the day and stay hydrated.”
Bryan-College Station hosted the mini-Olympics showcase last year and in 2014 and 2015. The games bring in about 7,000 athletes and are the culmination of summer qualifiers of more than 160 parks and recreation programs that participate with TAAF.
New events this year include ultimate Frisbee and flag football. Other events include golf, lifeguard competition, skateboarding, soccer, swimming and track & field. Events will be at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium, Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station High School, Texas A&M Physical Education Building, Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site and more.
Spectator admission is free to all events except boxing, track & field and swimming.
Opening ceremonies also are free and open to the public. They will be on July 26, beginning at 6 p.m., at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Ceremonies will feature carnival games, food trucks, a parade of athletes, a ceremony and performances.
For more information and for a schedule, visit taaf.com/GamesOfTexas.