Deadline To Enter Sunflower State Games Is July 2nd

TOPEKA, Kan.— The first deadline to register for the 21st Annual Sunflower State Games is Friday, July 2nd. Athletes interested in Basketball, Disc Golf, Dodgeball, Junior Rodeo, Rowing, Indoor Soccer, Sand Volleyball and Wrestling must register by July 2. The deadline for all other sports is Friday, July 9. Those interesed may register online at  Registrations are also accepted by mail or walk-in at at 820 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66610.

2010 marks the ninth year for the annual sports festival in Topeka. Events begin Friday, July 9 with Rowing at Lake Shawnee and will wrap up on Sunday, July 25 with the conclusion of the Youth Basketball tournament. Kansans of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the 43 different sports. Indoor Soccer, Sand Volleyball, Bocce Ball and Miniature Golf join the line-up for new sports offered in the 2010 Games.  All athletes and volunteers are invited to attend the Athlete Festival on Friday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park.

The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit, statewide amateur sports festival for all Kansans.  The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities and promote physical fitness, personal health and well-being for Kansans of all ages and skill levels.  For more information, log onto

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