Special Guests announced for Opening Ceremony!

The 34th annual Show-Me State Games Opening Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20th at Mizzou Arena. The event is free and open to the public and will be filled with lots of exciting entertainment, including an appearance from Mizzou football quarterback Drew Lock.

Lock is Mizzou’s three-year starter at quarterback and led the SEC last season with a record 44 touchdown passes.  A Heisman campaign was recently launched for Lock with the hashtag #H3ISMAN, as he is expected to be a front-runner for many national awards including the Heisman. From Lee’s Summit, Lock had four games in 2017 with five or more touchdown passes.

“We are excited to have Drew Lock at the Show-Me State Games Opening Ceremony,” said Dave Fox, Executive Director of the Games. “We look to inspire all Missourians to be healthy and active, and Drew’s success and Missouri roots will really inspire and connect with our athletes.”

In addition to Lock, Mizzou Athletes Sophie Cunningham from women’s basketball, Kevin Puryear from men’s basketball and Riley Sents from volleyball will also be guests at the Opening Ceremony.  All will be available for autographs at the conclusion of the event.

 

Another special guest that will be featured at the Opening Ceremony is this year’s Miss Missouri, Katelyn Lewis. Lewis’ platform is “What Will Your Legacy Be? Living Safely in Our Digital Age.” The aim of the platform is leaving a positive footprint online.

In addition, the Opening Ceremony will feature the Parade of Athletes, where each athlete will have the opportunity to represent their sport. Athletes should report to the Main Entrance of Mizzou Arena by 6:30 p.m. and look for volunteers.  The Opening Ceremony will end with the Games’ torch lighting the cauldron.

Registration is still open for most of the Games’ more than 40 sports. Visit www.smsg.org for registration and deadline details.

The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sports for all ages and ability levels. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. Established in 1985, the Show-Me State Games is a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health, hosted by the University of Missouri in Columbia. For more information, call 573-882-2101 or visit http://www.smsg.org/

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