Getting ready for State Games
GETTING READY n Many volunteers are needed for the State Games. Kristy and Akemus Hood and Catherine Brown (left to right) work to stuff bags that will be given to each athlete. This is the Hood sisters' third year to be volunteers with the State Games. They do everything from stuffing bags to working the sporting events and ceremonies. Brown works with the State Games through the RSVP volunteer program. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
June 12, 2001
Let the games begin.
In just three days, the 10th State Games of Mississippi officially gets under way with the Opening Ceremonies at Ray Stadium. The event is scheduled to start Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Volunteers have been working for weeks to prepare for the Olympic-style sports festival which is expected to bring more than 4,500 athletes along with their friends and families into Meridian. State Games executive director April Luke says they are going to be ready.
Over the years, the State Games has grown.
The following State Games competitions will be held this weekend:
Archery (Saturday and Sunday)
Adult Baseball (Saturday)
Youth soccer (Saturday and Sunday)
Youth swimming (Saturday and Sunday)
Track &Field (Saturday)
Volleyball 2-man (Saturday)
The following State Games competitions will be held next weekend:
Baseball (June 20-24)
High school basketball (June 21-24)
Biathlon (June 24)
Canoe/Kayah (June 23)
Cycling (June 23)
Fencing (June 23-24)
Road races 5K (June 23)
Mountain Bike Races (June 24)
Western Pleasure (June 23)
Mule &Donkey (June 24)
Adult soccer (June 23-24)
Masters Swimming (June 23)
Youth/Adult Tennis (June 23-24)
Volleyball, 4-man (June 23).
Luke said more volunteers were needed to help run the State Games. For more information, call the State Games of Mississippi office at 482-0205, or go by the State Games office at the Meridian Community College campus.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at email@example.com.