The Sunflower State Games is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition. The event promotes the development of healthy lifestyles and physical fitness for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.
The Sunflower State Games is the largest amateur multi sport festival in Kansas conducted annually in July. Having completed its 27th year, the Games continue to recognize and reward Kansas athletes of all ages and skill levels. The Sunflower State Games are recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is governed by the National Congress of State Games.
The Sunflower State Games began in 1990 as an idea presented by the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness. Lawrence, Kansas hosted the first competition with 2,381 athletes competing in 14 sports. In 2002, after 12 years in Lawrence, the Games moved to Topeka with expectations of growing participation and community involvement.
During its thirteen-year tenure in Topeka, SSG has drawn an average of 7,800 athletes from more than 80 counties across the state to participate in over 45 different events. In 2016, over 7,000 athletes participated in Games for the 8th consecutive year. 373 cities were represented with participants in the Games.
"To provide Kansas citizens with a wholesome avenue for personal development through sports and physical activity, to recognize their dedication and achievement, and to provide an opportunity to participate in an Olympic-style event."