In 1980…

The State of Florida created the Sunshine State Games to provide Florida’s citizens an Olympic-style sports festival they can call their own. The Sunshine State Games, now in its fourth decade of competition, is the nation’s oldest State Games and is Florida’s largest and longest standing multi-sport festival. The mission of the Games is to provide quality competition for Florida’s amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels. Whether you have Olympic aspirations or are a weekend warrior, there is a place in the Sunshine State Games for you!

The Sunshine State Games is conducted under the auspices of the Florida Sports Foundation, a direct-support organization of the State of Florida. Most competitions are sanctioned or recognized by the Olympic Governing Body for that sport and some serve as Governing Body State Championships or national qualifiers. Over 30 different sports are offered throughout the year.

The Florida Sports Foundation is a member of the National Congress of State Games, a member organization consisting of 29 State Games programs from throughout the nation. The Sunshine State Games serves as a qualifier for the State Games of America held every odd numbered year.